And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. ~Matthew 17:8
Many years ago when I was a 4th grader, I spent a summer at the home of one of my cousins. I had a great time with him and his family. When the day came and they drove me back to be with my family, I felt a sense of sadness. However, that did not last long! I soon remembered how good it was to be back home and with my parents. This morning, we see that three of the apostles had an unforgettable time on a mountain but were reminded that what made that moment sacred was that they had Jesus.
We see a fluorescent radiance.
“And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” Jesus brought Peter, James, and John to the top of a mountain to pray. While they were there, Jesus was transfigured. That is, He displayed the effulgence of His glory. What an incredible sight to behold Jesus’ face shining as the sun and His raiment white as the light. We need to spend time in God’s presence and let His holiness shine through in our lives. We must be in awe of His holiness and realize that the place we are standing on is holy ground. Never get to the place in life where God’s holiness is not your quest.
We see the familiar representatives.
“And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.” Not only was Jesus transfigured, but God sent Moses and Elijah to talk with Him. Moses represented the law, and Elijah represented the prophets. It was very evident who they were. What a moment that must have been to be among Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. Peter, James, and John were speechless as they listened to their three heroes converse.
We see a faulty reaction.
“Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.” Peter had a “celebrity moment.” He proposed making three altars: one for Moses, one for Elijah, and one for Jesus. It is very easy for us to be so caught up with “great” Christians that we are almost guilty of man worship. Peter did not think about the fact that Moses and Elijah were also on the mountain top to glorify Jesus and not to be glorified themselves. We must be careful that we do not fall into the trap of worshipping new buildings, new buses, new ideas, new concepts, and things that could cloud our spiritual judgment.
We see a faith realization.
“And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.” God the Father reproved the three for their faulty reaction. As soon as that happened, they saw no one but Jesus. The three might have felt a sense of loss when Moses and Elijah left. However, the most critical moment was when they lifted up their eyes and saw no man, save Jesus only. We like to savor special moments, but when they are over, let us remember that we still have Jesus! We miss someone who has a special impact on our life and, perhaps, has moved away, but we still have Jesus! We might have a setback in life that takes years off our life, but we still have Jesus! We will have to make transitions in life that will make us sentimental, but we still have Jesus!
We see a forward reminder. Let us remember that in everything, it is “Jesus only.” Don’t let a magic moment take away the glory that we should give to Jesus. Don’t let a victorious accomplishment get our eyes in the wrong place. Let’s rejoice that we still have Jesus!
Have a Jesus-only God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Obadiah-Jonah