Mount of Transfiguration – Part 2: Listen to Him

Friday, May 17, 2019

“Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud:  ‘This is my Son, whom I love.  Listen to him!’” (Mark 9:7 NIV)

Elijah and Moses appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration and talked with Jesus.  And Peter, who was witnessing this miraculous event along with his fellow disciples, James and John, was frightened.  Not knowing what to say, he offered to build three shelters—one for Elijah, one for Moses and one for Jesus.  There’s a lesson here for all of us:  It’s good to keep quiet when we don’t know what to say.  Peter didn’t realize it at the time, but when he opened his mouth and offered to build three shelters, he was essentially putting Jesus on the level of Elijah and Moses.

But then a cloud covered them, and a voice said, “This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”  Notice that the disciples were not told to listen to Elijah and Moses.  Were these great men?  Yes they were; but we can’t get wrapped up with personalities and ministries.  Do people help us?  Of course, but if preachers and Bible teachers and choir members are doing their job, they should be pointing people to the Lord.  Sunday school workers should have as their goal to get the kids looking to Jesus!

Peter putting Jesus at the level of Moses was no different than folks who talk only about their church or their pastor or folks discipling them as if those people were more important than Jesus.  The truth is that if you get close enough to any person, you will no doubt see the ways in which they fall short.  If we could see people’s hearts, believe me:  we wouldn’t get caught up with personalities. 

The Bible is still saying today, “Listen to him.”  Let our churches and our lives be built, not on some personality or movement that will one day fade away, but on Jesus alone.  Let’s not get distracted by everything we see and hear around us; instead let's look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith!   

To be continued…

Read Mark 9:2-7

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