“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty”. 2 PETER 1:16
Long before the advent of television, night time was a period when the elders in the family told stories; many of them were fables that had been cunningly devised. Some of the fables were told for amusement while others were designed to instill fear in the young and impressionable minds of children. Because they were designs of man, some fables leave more questions than answers at the end of the day. In our text, Peter put up a defense for the gospel and charged the people not to put it alongside the best fairytale ever told. The gospel is about the power of Christ and His coming Kingdom.
Peter, James, and John had a foretaste of the majesty of Christ when they saw Him transfigured on the mount. It was a mixture of awe and glory on that day that the disciples were literally smitten. When they woke up they prayed Jesus to make that place an abiding place for them, proposing to build three tabernacles there. What Peter and his colleagues saw was real, and it became the anchor that kept their souls in the midst of fiery trials. The testimony of eyewitnesses of that majesty is the hope that our lives should revolve around. Finally, preachers who reduce the gospel to fables are insulting the dearest thing known to man. Those who use it as butt of their jokes testify against themselves that they have no part in it.
FURTHER STUDY: JOHN 1:1-14
PRAYER: Dear Lord, show me Your glory.