Six days later, three of them saw that glory. Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Then they realized that Moses and Elijah were also there in deep conversation with him. (Matthew 17:1-3)
Imagine the glory of Jesus shining before you. Imagine Jesus’ heavenly, inner, radiant self before you. Jesus’ closest disciples witnessed this on the Mount of Transfiguration, and what a moment this must have been! Surreal and weighty. The weight of God’s presence in fully God and fully man form.
How would you respond to Jesus if you were one of His disciples on that mountain top? Would you have been like Peter and desired to build something to remember the moment? Or, would you have been like the heavenly creatures before God’s throne that cry out ceaselessly, ‘holy, holy, holy’? This Sunday, my dear friend David Moko will be preaching on this passage, zeroing in on the importance of listening to Jesus’ words and unhurried obedience.
Read Matthew 17:1-8 slowly this week. Marinate on the passage and picture yourself in the narrative. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you feel? It’s exciting to use our imagination to re-enter into the greatest story of all!
We are in between sermon series for the next two weeks, and I will start a new series on MBC’s mission and goals at the beginning of September. God has a good plan!
Blessings in King Jesus,