Remember the mountain of Jesus’ glory, which was revealed to Peter, James, and John. Remember the power and identity of our King, displayed by the Father in Jesus. And consider how powerful and transformative Jesus can be in our lives even today…
28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
About 8 days after Jesus and his disciples discussed his identity as Messiah and how he would be killed and raised from the dead, he was transfigured before Peter, James, and John. In other words, Jesus was changed in form before their very eyes. His face changed in appearance, his clothes shone like lightning, and two others appeared with him. As a cloud descended upon them, the Father’s voice could be heard: “Listen to him.”
Listen to Jesus.
The things he has told you are true.
And by the way, he is not of this earth. As he shines like lightning before you, don’t think of him as a man or a prophet. The saviour is not a physical King. The saviour is the eternal King Jesus, the son of Almighty God…
Sometimes his own followers got caught up in the physical world, the Roman oppression of Israel, and the battle lines even between the religious leaders and Jesus’ group. Remember how Peter cut the ear off the soldier when Jesus was arrested? It was easy for them to fall back in to a mode of thinking they had to defend Jesus.
He wasn’t what they expected and he didn’t need defending. The glorification of Jesus before their eyes showed the disciples that Jesus was from heaven, of heaven, and connected to the omnipotent power of God. They would come to understand that Jesus himself is that powerful one, fully God and fully man.
We, also, can slip into thinking of Jesus in lesser terms in our day-to-day life. Sometimes our ideas about Jesus put him in the friend and buddy category. We become routine in our lives and in our thinking and perhaps the further away from our own salvation experience we get the less we associate Jesus with transformation.
Remember this mountain of Jesus’ glory. Remember the power and identity of our King. And consider how powerful and transformative Jesus can be in our lives even today.