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Read Matthew 17:1-9

I’m not a fan of secrets, except maybe keeping a gift secret, because I really enjoy seeing someone’s surprise when the gift is opened.  Too often secrets are used as a way to exclude – to say “we’re in and you’re not.” Christianity isn’t like that.  Christianity is about inclusion, community, sharing and inviting – not about exclusion and secrets.  Which makes today’s scripture story seem kind of odd to me.

After the Transfiguration, Jesus says to Peter, James and John, “Don’t tell anybody.”  Too often we act as if Jesus has told us, “Don’t tell anybody.”  How silent we are about our faith?  When’s the last time you shared your faith with someone, or told someone about Jesus, or spoke about God’s unconditional, ever-lasting, completely overwhelming love?  Have you told anyone lately about your faith, about God, about Jesus?

It’s no longer a secret.  The resurrection has taken place.  Jesus lives.  The story is complete.  Well, not quite complete.  When Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, he gave them, and us, this instruction, “Go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them all I have taught you” (Matt 28:19).  No more secrets.  Tell everybody!  Tell everybody!

Lord, open our mouths to share your love story.

Jamie Gump

Madison Avenue Christian Church, Huntington, WV