02
Apr
14

Listen and Obey

One of the most amazing things to me about the story of The Transfiguration is that Peter (and presumably James and John) were able to recognize Elijah and Moses.  I wonder if it was something Jesus told them or if it was revealed to them by God.  Luke does not give us that detail.  They came to Jesus while He was praying.  Eight days prior to this event, Jesus had told His disciples that He was going to die and then rise again.  He knew that His time was coming soon and as He prayed on the mountain, His appearance was changed and Elijah and Moses showed up to strengthen Him.  Then a cloud descended upon Jesus, Peter, James, John, Elijah and Moses.  A voice from the cloud spoke and said:

This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him. – Luke 9:35 (NIV)

God the Father audibly spoke and confirmed that Jesus was His Son, chosen by the Father to do His will and the disciples should listen to Him.
Jesus is still the Son of God, reigning in power and glory.  He reigns on Heaven’s throne surrounded by countless worshiping angels.  He is still the chosen one.  Chosen from before time began to suffer and die for all humanity.  He rose from the dead on the third day and is coming back again!  We would still do well to listen to Him.  John 6:63b (NIV) says:

The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.

Jesus’ words are full of life and we must listen and obey Him.

Luke 9:28-36 (NIV)

The Transfiguration

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 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.)

34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 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.

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