Today let’s focus on a Bible miracle from the book of Matthew: The miracle of the Transfiguration, Part 2 (Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:1-13; Luke 9:28-36)
Teaching children about the Bible miracles is important because it helps them to see how nothing is impossible for God. If God can do miracles in the Bible, He can do them in our children’s lives today. Here is an easy way to do that interactively.
Yesterday I wrote on the first miracles that happened during what we call the Transfiguration. The amazing glory that shown out from Chirst like a bright light that was His Godhood revealed, and the appearance of the departed saints Moses and Elijah. Today we are going to focus on another miracle that happened at the same time but that gets a lot less press.
Ask the children…
After Peter proposed to memorialize the Transfiguration event by building 3 shelters for Jesus, Moses and Elijah, another miracle happened, what was it?
“But even as he (Peter) spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.’” (Matthew 17: 5)
The miracle was that God spoke directly to them and told them what the Transfiguration meant. This Jesus that they saw before them was the very Son of God and as such He had brought a message to the earth that they needed to listen to (The Gospel). What was the reaction of the 3 disciples?
“The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.” (Matthew 17:6)
The disciples knew exactly who was speaking. I don’t know what the voice sounded like but we do know Peter, James and John knew they were in the presence of God the Father and they were compelled to fall on the ground in fear. This is the same reaction we see from all in the Bible who came into God’s presence.
If God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He is, does He show Himself to us today? I believe that although He doesn’t necessarily do it in a cloud or an audible voice, even though He could, God uses every way imaginable to communicate His presence to us. He may give us a strong impression, a thought in our head, a series of consistent messages we hear, a dream, a prophetic word from someone else, something from the Word of God jumps off the page at us, and the list could go on and on.
Ask your children how they think God speaks to them. Ask them if they can think of any specific examples. Share some of your own experiences. Then stop and thank God together that He continues to speak today and that His greatest message still is that He loves us so much and He sent His only Son to come and die, resurrect and ascend in order to prove it.
If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.Related Posts