Jesus, Moses, Elijah!
Scripture reading for April 1st: Luke 9:28-50
After Peter and the disciples acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ of God, Jesus told them that there were some who would not taste death until they saw the kingdom of God come. (Luke 9:27) Luke told the story of Jesus taking Peter, James, and John with Him up on a mountain to pray. As Jesus was praying, Moses and Elijah appeared there as well. These men all glowed with a glorious splendor that was like nothing on earth. (Luke 9:29-31)
Peter, James and John apparently were sleeping during this process. When they awoke from their “prayer nap”, they saw Jesus and the two men in their glorified state. As Moses and Elijah were leaving, Peter spoke up, “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.” (Luke 9:33) The Scripture notes that Peter did not know what he was saying. At this point, a cloud came over them and a voice came from the cloud saying, “This is My Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him.” (Luke 9:35) After this, they were so puzzled that they kept this event to themselves and told no one about it.
As I ponder this amazing event, several things come to mind. First, I note how like the disciples I am when it comes to prayer. They had trouble staying awake and comprehending spiritual things. These three disciples in the inner circle failed to stay awake here and at the Garden of Gethsemane. My flesh is weak too, even when my spirit is willing and I often need reminding to watch and pray and stay awake.
Jesus met with Moses and Elijah to discuss His own departure. Moses was buried by God after being allowed to view the Promised Land. (Exodus 34:5-6) Elijah was taken to heaven by a whirlwind in a chariot. (2nd Kings 2:11-12) God had these two men of faith come and encourage Jesus, His Son, before His death in Jerusalem. Moses represented the Law and it’s failure to take man into the Promised Land and Elijah represented the faithfulness of God to honor His prophets. Both these men were now in Glory and for the sake of Jesus’ followers, were allowed to be seen. The Father, Himself, spoke confirming His Son! How God shows mercy to us who are weak!