This past Wednesday we dove into the transfiguration of Jesus from Matthew 17: 1- 13! This is a somewhat complicated text but the main point is that Jesus is who he says he is, the son of God and all we have to do is listen to him. We talked about people in our lives who when they speak, everyone in the room stops to listen. Some of these people included grandparents, teachers, us leaders, and friends because students said they respect these people, these people have experiences that we can learn from, and that these people can sometimes be loud (friends). We also talked about expectations and how we have lots of competing expectations as Christians. But ultimately, that when we follow Christ, all he expects is for us to have faith! So we see how the disciples knew Jesus was God from the time they had spent with him but that they still doubted from time to time. Here, though, in this moment (Matthew 17:1-3), they experience his realness on a gut level. Talk with your student about this... see if they have had a moment where they really felt God's presence, where they knew God was the real deal. Maybe this was God working through others or maybe this is a more personal encounter. And if they don't feel yet like God is who he says he is, talk through why that might be? Questions, doubt, busyness, not listening, etc.
My name is Josiah from Grand Rapids Michigan and I follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Also middle schoolers are cool.