2 Peter 1:16 (New International Version)
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses to his majesty.
If you listen to the radio, you may have heard over the air-waves the jingle that at one time introduced the news bulletins of a certain radio station: “I’m an ear-witness…. I was there”. Of course, ear-witness is an unusual expression. The whole jingle was a parody of the jingle used by a television station at the time: “I’m an eye-witness… I was there”. Eye-witness we take to be a reliable witness, someone who has seen whatever it is directly, and so can speak with authority on it.
Peter, who wrote this letter, was both an eye-witness and an ear-witness. Peter was not retailing second-hand knowledge when he talked about Jesus, but first-hand knowledge: “We were eyewitnesses of his majesty”, as he says. Not only had Peter seen Jesus in the flesh, but furthermore Peter had heard the voice from heaven saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
What did Peter witness with his eyes and ears? Not a story, whether cleverly devised or otherwise. For the Christian testimony is not essentially about a narrative. Rather, Peter’s testimony is about a person, Jesus Christ. If we accept Peter’s testimony, and Peter’s advice, like him we will become servants of Jesus Christ, and receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord.