Trying To Find A Parking Place on The Mountain?
Peter, James and John had a miraculous vision and experience with Jesus. They saw Moses, Elijah and also Jesus, in His glory.
They saw Moses, the one used to deliver and found the nation, the one given the sacred Law and Elijah the representative of the ministry of the prophets, there could not be a more exiting, blessed spiritual experience, for a Jew than this.
Moses was the very heart of the Jewish national and religious life. Elijah was one, if not the most revered prophet by, the Jewish people. Every devout Jew knew of the prophet Elijah and there was an expectation for him to come before the “great day of the Lord” [Mat. 17:10, Mal. 4:5,6] This eyewitness vision, of these two men, would have caused these three disciples to expect astounding prophecies and deliverance for the nation to be at hand. Who wouldn’t want to have them stay and to be with them?
We may have exciting, enlightening, faith increasing experiences. We can have visions, dreams, revelations, healings,…. times we know we are in the presence of God. We, like Peter would love to park on the mountain top. Would like to always be in a place like that. But these disciples found out the Lord does not want us to park in the astounding experience, He brought them there to teach them something.
Peter refers to this event as cementing in their hearts and essential fact for us all….listen:
“For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 2 Peter 1:17-19
God gave them a revelation an “mountain top” experience……and why?……To teach them the HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO LISTEN CAREFULLY AND SERIOUSLY TO TH WORDS OF CHRIST.
Whatever experiences God leads us into……when they are over…. and we are down from the mountain ……remember…. we were brought there to be encouraged to keep Jesus and His words central in our lives…..
Remember the lessons of the mountain top!