Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” (Matthew 17:1-9, NRSV)
Six days later? What happened six days ago?
Well it was a little event at which Jesus called Peter satan and advised him to get a proper perspective by getting behind Jesus.
Jesus told the disciples He was on His way to Jerusalem where He would be killed. And Peter said this will not happen. So Jesus put Peter in his place, where all of us belong. I have said before if you can’t see the back of Jesus’ head then you need to change your perspective.
And then here, after Peter tries to tell Jesus what is going to happen, Jesus takes him and James and John up the mountain where Jesus meets with Moses and Elijah. How did Peter, James, and John know it was Moses and Elijah? I mean they didn’t see polaroids of them. Were they wearing name tags? Hello my name is Moses?
But anyway, Peter shows who he is again by stumbling over his words, amazed at what he was seeing, asking if they should build tents for the three of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, so they can all stay there forever. But of course that is not why they are there, they are there to be reminded of who Jesus is. The beloved son of God.
And Jesus shows mercy and grace, even to Peter. The one who thinks he knows what is happening, but really doesn’t have a clue.
But isn’t that really all of us?
We think we know, but thankfully God loves us any way and continues to shine in our lives.
So Shine on me Jesus and help me to be a beacon for your love.