Our readings today are from Zechariah 5 & Mark 9:2-13.
In Mark 8 Jesus has predicted his death and resurrection and about a week later he took Peter, James and John up a mountain to pray. This is where an incredible transfiguration of Jesus takes place as Moses and Elijah appear and talk to him.
While the three disciples no doubt wrestle with what it means to be raised from the dead they no doubt took comfort from seeing at least a part of the heavenly glory of Jesus and a greater understanding of who he was – even if they could not fully comprehend it at the time.
There is also much symbolism in the appearance of Moses and Elijah and they represent the law and the prophets of the Old Testament. Jesus is the fulfilment of the law and the countless prophecies and his glorified form is a wonderful preview of the coming glorification of him we read about in Revelation.
I’m sure the disciples continued to marvel in what they saw up on the mountain – Peter reflects on it in his letter here:
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 of his majesty. 17 He received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. (2 Peter 1:16-18)
For me a resounding sentence in this passage that I re-read many times was “This is My Son, whom I have chosen, whom I love; listen to Him!” – like a text message or an email it’s hard to decipher the tone of the voice from heaven. But there’s warmth his God’s address of Jesus… there’s love…but then a pretty direct command to the disciples (and I would say us too).
It is clearly God’s desire for us to listen to Jesus. Let’s continue to do so!