Thriving Devotional - March 18, 2020

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

“When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.” (Matthew 17:8)

In the middle of each of the synoptic gospels (Matt 17, Mark 9, Luke 9), there’s a scene like no other: the Transfiguration. Something – something wondrous – happens, and it blows everyone’s mind. There’s no precedent for it, no category, nothing – just a crisis, an ineffable glimpse of Jesus’ glory. Peter, James, and John will never be the same. At the end of each account is a curious detail: when it’s all said and done, it’s just Jesus that’s left.

Of all the ways this can launch us into reflection, let me offer this for today: We’re in the middle (but really, how do we know this is the middle?) of an unprecedented experience that is blowing people’s minds. The COVID-19 phenomenon, no matter your opinion of it, is rocking our world, and probably your individual experience of that world, too. And to whatever extent it is rocking your world, there are many others who will be far more impacted – medically, economically, and otherwise.

The little detail the gospel writers include – that after it all, there was Jesus alone – is a precious one for each of us. It is Jesus alone that stands sovereign at the center of the world. Jesus alone walks at the center of our life. Jesus alone shines at the center of our crises.

This is not to answer all our questions or to minimize our concerns. It is simply an article of faith, a statement of fact. Rest in this.

I hope these new blog posts will be helpful and encouraging to you as we walk with Jesus in the upcoming weeks and beyond.

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

Bob Jacobs

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bob Jacobs has served for 13 years as the Senior Pastor of Westminster Church, Rapid City. He shares a deep commitment to see our community thrive in love for one another, especially in trying times like these. If you're interested in more of Bob's writings, check out his personal blog at

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