Thousands of people followed Jesus during his three year ministry on earth, and Jesus chose twelve average men to be his closest companions, the ones He would send out in power and authority.
Of these twelve, Jesus chose three to witness the Transfiguration, the Son of Man in glory.
Peter, like James and John, was one of the three.
Matthew 17:1-2 reads, “Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.”
I believe Peter was chosen to see a glimpse of Jesus in His kingly state because Peter was expectant. He knew Jesus intimately and was willing to do whatever He asked. Yes, he fell short many times, but Jesus wasn’t keeping track of that. He was encouraging Peter, bringing him to a place where miracles could be done in his life, where situations could be transformed.
In verse 4 Peter asks Jesus if he could make three tabernacles on the mountain for Jesus, Elijah, and Moses. Here again we see his driving zeal. Although he may not have understood the full extent of what he had just seen, Peter knew “it is good for us to be here.”
In Mark and Luke’s account, we delve deeper into what Peter’s initially believes regarding the Transfiguration, but today I don’t want us to lose sight of something I think God is trying to speak to our hearts.
We can never behold if we never believe.
Did you get that?
If you want to be a beholder of Christ’s mercy and power, His strength and His might, then we need to be believe He is who He says He is.
He is the Son of God, fully God and fully man. He passed through this life sinless, blameless, perfect, and good. As the spotless Lamb of God, He died for our sin, conquered death, and as the Lion of Judah rose in power and now sits at the right hand of the throne of God.
And that’s not even brushing the surface!
Peter beheld the transfiguration of Jesus, he tasted what an eternity with Him would be like. And he hadn’t even experienced Jesus’s death or resurrection yet.
Friends, we know Jesus has died and we know that He lives again. Why then do we live in blindness when we have been given Sight to see?
We talk ourselves out of going up onto the mountain with Jesus.
“No, Lord. We’re not worthy.”
“No, Rabbi. I don’t think I’m ready.”
“No, Jesus. Maybe next time.”
Stop! Please, hear the passion of the words on this page. Jesus is trying to speak to someone today. I may not know who, and I may never have the chance to personally speak into your life but please let Jesus bring you up the mountain.
The cross won’t be easy to bear, but Christ is with you every step of the way. He wants to move in your life, but you need to be in a position where you are ready and expectant. Let Him transform you today and pray that your heart would have eyes to see and ears to hear Him calling.