“This is My Son, Whom I Love!”
Scripture reading for January 25th: Matthew 17, Psalm 18:7-19, Proverbs 4:20-23
Six days after the confession of Peter that Jesus was the Christ, Son of the living God, Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a high mountain. He then was transfigured before them and His face began to shine like the sun. Moses and Elijah appeared there as well and talked to Jesus. Peter was overcome and told Jesus that he would build three shelters for them. While Peter was still speaking, a cloud enveloped them all and a voice spoke from the cloud,”This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5)
God the Father spoke a word of confirmation that caused the disciples to fall face down on the ground in terror! This whole experience was like being involved in heaven’s business and they did not know how to react. Jesus touched them and calmed their fears. (Matthew 17:6-8) As they looked up, Jesus was there alone. They must have wondered if they were seeing things!
Jesus was and is indeed the Son of God. As He stood on the mountain to meet with Moses and Elijah, God allowed the disciples to see the glory surrounding His Son and to see two famous figures from Israel’s history alive in glory as well. Moses represented the law and old covenant and was one of the greatest men of the Old Testament. Elijah was a famous prophet and miracle worker who called the nation of Israel to choose whom they would serve. Moses died and God buried him but Elijah was taken to heaven by a whirlwind. (Deuteronomy 34:5-6) (2nd Kings 2:11-12) But the Father’s voice spoke confirming that this was Jesus Christ, His Son. We can confidently believe His witness and listen to Him! He is greater than Moses and greater than Elijah!
Peter quotes the Father’s statement in 2nd Peter 1:16-18 in writing his final letter to the believers of his day. “We were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from the God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” Peter’s confession of Christ was so certain that he died a martyr’s death rather than deny Jesus! Are you listening to Him?