The disciples were very sleepy. Jesus was off praying again. Suddenly, they were awakened by bright light. Peter, John, and James ‘saw his glory’ and the two men standing with Jesus. Peter blurts out a suggestion. Luke says, ‘He did not know what he was saying.’ Then it happened. ‘A cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.’ And then, a voice came from the cloud! Can you imagine? The voice said, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.’ Wow? Can you imagine? In the presence of Moses (the Law), Elijah (the Prophet), and Jesus, the voice says, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.’ Then it was over. They were alone with Jesus.
Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John (The Evangelists) all seek to reveal to us that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. They tell the stories, they record His miracles, and relay His words of teaching/preaching as they follow His journey to the cross/resurrection. John even clearly says that he tells us these things so that we will know ‘that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing we might have life in his name’ (John 20:30-31).
In this story about Jesus withdrawing to pray on a mountain, with his sleepy disciples, an extraordinary event takes place. Moses and Elijah appear in ‘glorious splendor, talking with Jesus’ about his departure.’ Then, the voice; the voice (the Father) identifies Jesus as His Son, chosen, and then commands us, ‘Listen to him.’ At the baptism of Jesus, the voice is also heard. Luke seems to indicate that only Jesus heard those words. ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased’ (Luke 3:21-22). Here on the mountain, the voice speaks very directly to the witnesses, Peter, John, James, and us.
Do we need any further word this day? The Father has spoken, identifying Jesus as the chosen Son, and commands us to listen to him! Do we need any further word for this day?
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy, on us.
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy, on me.
Lenten Reader 2018
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