Luke 9:28-36


Jesus had warned them not to tell who He was. He gave them insight into the struggles coming on the horizon. But He also shared that some would see a glimpse of the Kingdom of God even before they tasted death.

“About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 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.) While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.’ 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.” Luke 9: 28-36

Peter didn’t know what he was saying, so of course he spoke. This was Jesus standing with two of the prophets that he had merely only read about. He and his companions had witnessed Moses and Elijah in conversation with their Rabbi, Jesus, who had glowed with an otherworldly light. It was unlike anything any of them had ever experienced. And then a Voice. The Father spoke from heaven telling these three overwhelmed disciples that this truly was the Son of God.

This would have been hard to grasp.

This would have been hard to believe.

This would have been hard not to share.

But they held it in their hearts until it was time.

Today we have the privilege of reading about this amazing encounter with Jesus on what we now call the Mount of Transfiguration.

And we have the same directive, “Listen to Him.”

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