2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him. He led them up a high mountain. They were all alone. There in front of them his appearance was changed. 3 His clothes became so white they shone. They were whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 Elijah and Moses appeared in front of Jesus and his disciples. The two of them were talking with Jesus. 5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters. One will be for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 Peter didn’t really know what to say, because they were so afraid. 7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them. A voice came from the cloud. It said, “This is my Son, and I love him. Listen to him!” 8 They looked around. Suddenly they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. 9 They came down the mountain. On the way down, Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen. He told them to wait until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves. But they asked each other what “rising from the dead” meant. 11 Then they asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah has to come first?” 12 Jesus replied, “That’s right. Elijah does come first. He makes all things new again. So why is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and not be accepted? 13 I tell you, Elijah has come. They have done to him everything they wanted to do. They did it just as it is written about him.”
I gotta say it – I love this passage of the Bible! Two legends of the old testament meeting with Jesus, dazzling white, Peter calling out and interrupting them, God getting involved in real time affirming His son and telling the disciples to listen to him. Wow! It blows my mind.
I’m going to be busy when I die. I should say when my body dies because in Christ, because he has defeated death, I have a purpose that goes beyond this life just like Moses and Elijah had. What an honour for them! To talk to Jesus just before the cross – his death in my place and glorious resurrection victory over my sin and death. Why were they chosen? Was it to encourage Jesus? Did Jesus ask for them especially? What will Jesus especially ask of me when I’m on the other side of eternity? I know it will be a joy and privilege beyond anything I could possibly imagine. That verse in 1 Corinthians 2:9 is so true – no mind has seen and no ear has heard and no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him!
Written by Boudy Van Noppen