Daily Reformation, Matthew 17:1-8
From the Reformer
With the Holy Spirit in our hearts crying, “Abba, Father,” there can be no doubt that God has adopted us for His children and that our subjection to the Law has come to an end. We are now the free children of God. We may now say to the Law: “Mister Law, you have lost your throne to Christ. I am free now and a son of God. You cannot curse me any more.” Do not permit the Law to lie in your conscience. Your conscience belongs to Christ. Let Christ be in it and not the Law.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
Pulling It Together
Peter, James, and John, like David, were forbidden to build a temple for God. They wanted to do something grand for God but it was prohibited. One reason for the prohibition is that the building can cloud the view. At least in this case, the three disciples were meant to see that, where Christ has fellowship with the Patriarchs and Prophets, in the end, we are meant to see and hear Christ alone. The law is meant to help us see our miserable condition. It terrifies the guilty conscience and instigates reparations. But it is not what we do, however grand, that makes us stand in God’s presence. It is that God has come and stood among us and caused us to lift up our eyes again that makes all the difference.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers