Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 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. 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. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 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. On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God. (Luke 9:28-43, NRSV)
I always love the transfiguration stories of Jesus. I mean Moses and Elijah show up and, of course, Jesus knows who they are, He was there when they were created, before they were formed in their mother’s wombs. But how do Peter James and John know them? There weren’t any photos floating around. Moses and Elijah never had a selfie!
But Peter says that James and John and he will make for the 3 of them tents, so we could stay here for a long time. But since he was drowsy and probably dreaming. Did you catch that in Luke’s rendition of the story, “Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep.” Did they dream the whole thing? I don’t believe it was a dream. Because when Peter started his funny talk about tents, God the father broke in and said, “Jesus is my chosen one, my son, listen to Him.”
Jesus is made whiter than any white there ever was, cleaner than any of us would ever be. And He is God’s chosen, His Son, and so we should listen to Him.
Put away our funny words, and thoughts, and listen to what He is telling us and follow Him where He leads!