There was an event in the life of Jesus when he had climbed a mountain with three of his disciples and there he was transfigured before them. The gospel accounts say that he was completely transformed:
“he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light” (Matthew 17:2).
For the disciples and for the Lord it was a glimpse of what things will be like in God’s kingdom, when all our present problems will be completely removed and we will begin life at a higher level in every respect.
When Paul asks us to be
“transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2),
the word “transformed” is the same Greek word as that translated “transfigured” in Matthew’s account of the transfiguration of Jesus. Just as Jesus was transformed, so we are to be changed inwardly so that, in due course and in the mercy of God, we too can be changed outwardly to be just like Jesus. When we resolve to follow Christ we are beginning to live a completely new life: we have started a life that will never end if we remain faithful and become obedient children in God’s heavenly family.
When we consider ourselves followers of Christ, then we do need to follow Christ his teachings and have to worship the same God as he did. Jesus did not pray to himself, neither did he not ask himself why he had abandoned him. Jesus also did not promise himself to put his own will aside to follow his will. Jesus put his will aside to follow God’s Will. In case Jesus is God than he always would have done his own will when he also did God’s Will.
To come to worship the right God, we should follow the son of God, Jesus, who was sent by God to tell the world to come back to the Divine Creator. Jesus had come to the world to call the people to turn their bad ways and to come to his heavenly Father. More than once Jesus told people that he is the way to God.
Jesus is not the way to himself, but to his heavenly Father, the Only One True God, the God of Abraham, Who is one singular Spirit Being. Believers in Christ should recognise who he really is and should, like Jesus also put their own will aside to do the Will of the heavenly Father.
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