Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus.
Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.”Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them.
As they went back down the mountain, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept it to themselves, but they often asked each other what he meant by “rising from the dead.”
Then they asked him, “Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes? ”
Jesus responded, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. Yet why do the Scriptures say that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be treated with utter contempt? But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they chose to abuse him, just as the Scriptures predicted.”
Six days after Jesus tells them about his coming death and resurrection, six days after a strong rebuke of Peter, he takes Peter with him for this experience. This event provides confirmation for the disciples of who he is and what he must do. They react as we all do when faced with what we don’t understand and don’t want; they react with denial–this can’t be, what does ‘rising from the dead’ mean? When you learn from someone, bond with that one, love deeply, you do not want to hear about possible harm coming to them, or that they will be facing rejection. The mind does not want to accept what might be right in front of them.
“Listen to him.” Affirming Jesus’ authority, existence and a command to hear him out. Listen to him. It applies today. Are we listening to him? Or do we question like a child, object, move into denial? Are we listening to all that he says not just what we want to hear?
He knew who he was, and we know who he is. He knew what he must and could do, and we know what he did. He teaches us who we are and what we can do. Are we listening? Is there evidence that His Word is alive and active in us?
Listen to him…