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Take Me Away!

Take Me Away!

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Published by Joseph Winston
The Transfiguration is often seen as a time when Christ's glory is fully revealed to the inner circle of followers. While this might make sense in a world where we try to justify the force used by rulers, it makes little sense when compared to the Christ Hymn in Philippians. Instead, the Transfiguration is yet another reminder of what Jesus gave up and took on so that the world might be saved.
The Transfiguration is often seen as a time when Christ's glory is fully revealed to the inner circle of followers. While this might make sense in a world where we try to justify the force used by rulers, it makes little sense when compared to the Christ Hymn in Philippians. Instead, the Transfiguration is yet another reminder of what Jesus gave up and took on so that the world might be saved.

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Take Me Away!
The Rev. Joseph WinstonFebruary 14, 2010
Grace and peace are gifts for you from God, the Father of our Lord JesusChrist.
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If you are past a certain age, then you might remember this famous commer-cial. The camera focuses in on a woman who appears to be right in the middle of a very difficult day. When you look around, you have some sort of idea why shelooks so frazzled. The house is a terrible mess, the children are fighting with eachother, and her husband is completely oblivious to all the problems she is facing.She cannot take it any more. She shouts out, “Calgon, take me away.” The scenesuddenly changes. She is now all alone in a beautiful bathtub. She is enjoying thepeace and quiet brought be a luxurious Calgon bubble bath.The people who purchase bath products are not the only ones who want theirpresent situation to change. We have been able to play the lottery here in Texasfor the past eleven years. While no one knows all the different reasons why people
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Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:3.
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gamble, it is a safe bet to list some of the common reasons why individuals playthese games. With a huge jackpot, I can pay off all my debts and retire from work.A small portion of the Mega Millions is enough for me. Then I will be able to tearup all my credit cards. When I hit the Powerball, I will move into my own house.Obviously, feelings such as these are large motivators. We have purchased overseventeen billion dollars of lottery tickets since they first went on sale in 1999.That is a lot of money. It is like every citizen of this state purchasing sixty-threedollars of lotto tickets since sales first began. The actual number is quite highersince only adults can buy a chance to win.Besides Calgon bath products and lottery tickets, we can list other ways peopletry to change their lives for the better. Education is often key to moving ahead.Long hours of hard work might mean you can retire early. Even marrying theright person can make all the difference in the world.This desire to move into a higher quality of life is not limited to citizens of this country who want a part of the “American Dream.” For the most part, we area country of immigrants. Your parents and grandparent came to this land becausethey wanted something they could not find in the old world. They came here for achance to start over. They arrived on these shores to earn a living.We expect this type of story. Through hard work and a little luck, we improveour station in life.What we do not want to hear is the reverse. No one likes to have all their earn-ings taken away by some combination of inflation and taxes. It is heartbreaking tolearn how farmers cannot make a living because of bad weather. Downsizing your2
 
lifestyle to fit the new economic reality is not any fun.WhenyouheartheaccountofJesuscomingintoourworld,youquicklyrealizeone harsh fact. Being here among us is not the life He was used to living. It was ahuge step down. No longer do hosts of angels praise Him. He left His throne con-structed of the most precious materials imaginable and the golden streets behind.He put all that glory and honor aside so that He could save you.That is only the start of the tremendous adjustments. Now, Jesus has to dealwith this thing called humanity that begins with birth and ends with death. Thereis no two ways about it. Life as we know it is not pretty. We get sick and throwup all over the place. Work exhausts us and we smell awful after a long day. Wemust eat and go to the bathroom. Death is a constant companion that takes awaythe people who we love. Finally, we are no more.At any time, Jesus could have called it quits. A single though would be all thatit takes and He would be back in Heaven away from all this stuff we call “life”here on earth. Away from it all, He is safe. No one can hurt Him. No one can break His heart. No one can kill Him.That is not what happened. Jesus stayed here. That is the true miracle of the“Transfiguration.” He kept every aspect of our humanity rather than leaving it allbehind.It is easy for us to forget what it means to be human. Of course, there are all theshortcomings that come as a part of being a creature. We do not have superhumanpowers. We cannot be everywhere at the same time. We are limited in what we canand cannot do. There are also the plain ordinary facts about existence. We must3

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