One of the great stories in the Gospels is the story of Jesus, Peter, James and John on the mountain. For those needing a sign, It simply does not get any clearer. The group is standing on a mountain; when out of nowhere, Jesus is transformed into his heavenly body. Then Moses and Elijah appear and are talking to Jesus. I am sure Peter, James and John were mystified and completely overwhelmed. Peter says, “Jesus, this is pretty great–can I build you three a shelter and stay up here for a while?” Then, if that was not sign enough–God, the Father appears in a cloud and says, “This is my Son–WHOM I LOVE AND AM WELL PLEASED!!!, listen to Him!” Just in case they were wondering, as they stood with Jesus, Elijah and Moses!
Funny thing about signs, Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to witness his transfiguration–but no one else. Truth was, they did not need convincing that Jesus was God. What they saw only confirmed what they already knew. Jesus made them promise not to share the experience until after his resurrection, they agreed. These guys were his inner circle, and they would always remember when they stood with these amazing men of God and saw the master transformed. It would be a light in the dark days of persecution.
It would also answer the age old question, How did these guys, who were just average fishermen, actually know they were following God’s Son?–BECAUSE GOD TOLD THEM!!!
Faith is a great gift, one of the three big ones–Faith, Hope and Love. We have to accept the gift and trust God, or no matter how many signs and wonders, we will remain skeptical and self-reliant. If we do walk by faith, however, all the things God does in our lives will be noticeable and amazing. If we do not walk by faith, even a “Mount of Transfiguration” experience will not be sufficient.
It really comes down to the challenge Joshua made so many years before–“Choose this day whom you will serve, the gods of the Canaanites or Adonai. As for me and my house, we will serve Adonai!” I am with Joshua–Me and my house will serve Adonai!!!
God Bless You
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.