Our scripture this week is Matthew 17:1-9.
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Jesus took Peter, John and James to the mountaintop for a very special lesson. There His glory is revealed, He speaks with Moses and Elijah, and the disciples hear God declare Jesus His son and that they are to listen to Him. All of this is amazing to them and they are dazzled by its power.
This marvelous occurrence was given to them that they might see what the Kingdom of God will be like. Jesus will be present in all His radiance, those who have gone before us will be there and we will all be part of the eternal celebration of God’s goodness. It will be wonderful.
However, as with the disciple’s experience, that time has not yet come. God will decide, as He does all things, when the kingdom will come on earth. While we may have glimpses of glory on the mountaintop, the task we are called to is back down here, and the gift we have been given is to energize us for the work yet to be done.
Loving Lord, we are amazed by the things You share with us that we may better understand Your kingdom. May we be effective servants to bring all people to You. Amen.