The idea of this children’s sermon for Transfiguration Sunday came from Carolyn Brown’s site, Worshiping With Children. (She’s awesome! I always go to her site first!)

Good morning girls and boys. How many of you love stories? So do I. And I love how sometimes something big happens in them and you get to see who the main character really is, down deep inside. I brought two pictures to share of stories like that. 

  1. Shrek kisses Fiona, the beautiful princess, and in a flash and sparkle of bright lights, we see the person she really is inside- brought by true love’s kiss- a sweet kind ogre, who loves Shrek.
  2. Rafiki takes Simba to the pond, he looks in, and realizes he really is his father’s son, meant to be the Lion King.

But do you know that it happened in real life, to Jesus too? We’re celebrating it today. Jesus and Peter and James and John went up high on a mountain, and Jesus changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. They saw him talking with Moses and Elijah, God’s people who had been dead long ago. A voice says, “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I’m well pleased! Listen to him.” 

They see who he is inside!

It scared them but Jesus came and touched them and said, “Don’t be afraid.”- they looked and it was just Jesus. 

As we begin this Wednesday (Ash Wed) getting ready for Easter, we’ll be trying to do what God said. “Listen to him!” as we remember all the stories of Jesus’ life. We can remember the day when we got a glimpse of who he is inside, full of light, beloved by God.

Let’s pray: Dear God, thank you for Jesus. Help us listen to his words and the way he lived his life and learn from him. We love you God. Amen.