28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
What an incredible scene. A moment where the divine glory of the Son of God breaks through the veil of his humble human nature. But a moment Peter, James and John almost missed!
Very sleepy, probably because of the rigorous ministry of Jesus, and possibly because it was early morning (often Jesus got up early to pray), the disciples were almost sleeping through an incredible encounter.
As he wakes enough to realise the moment he’s in, Peter is awkward and rushed. I bet he was just a little distracted by Moses and Elijah. Thinking to himself, “man, I have only read about these guys; what if I can actually talk to them…oh, the questions I can ask them.” Poor Peter had no real idea what was going on though.
Then comes the moment that trumps them all – God comes to them all and says, audibly, “guys, Jesus, my son, is the chosen one, give Him all your attention.”
Surely it was a not so subtle correction of Peter, who was getting all excited about Moses and Elijah, but had not yet fully realised that Jesus, his suddenly glowing teacher and companion, was far greater than both of them together. But God graciously, and wonderfully, redirects Peter’s zeal.
I may sometimes be literally or metaphorically very sleepy; I may find myself with more than a bit of misdirected Zeal. But God takes gracious and wonderful care to constantly keep my focus on Jesus. He alone has the words of eternal life, and He alone can bring about my destiny.
God, no matter what the moment in my day, or week, no matter how glorious or mundane, help me to heed what you told the disciples; that Jesus is the one I need to have my constant attention set upon.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh