Listen to Him
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
Notice Peter’s reaction. He was so confused and off-balance about this incredible epiphany that the only thing he could think to do was build a memorial to Elijah, Moses, and Jesus. He wanted to lock the moment in time. But notice that The Voice spoke in the present and future tense with instructions for the three disciples, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
If what The Voice said sounds familiar, it should. Back at the beginning of our journey in Mark, at the baptism of Jesus, The Voice from heaven said, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11) Now, halfway through the story, as Jesus and the gang are preparing for their journey to Jerusalem, The Voice on the mountain reminds them that this is God’s Son, and Jesus has essential things to say and lessons to teach.
Are these words just for the three disciples present or for the twelve? No! These are words for those centuries later to remind us that our Heavenly Father speaks, declaring Jesus as is his Son, and we need to listen to him! We can’t put him inside a box to preserve him because he lives!
Observe the final symbol in this event as it is crucial. The cloud rises, and Moses (representing the Law) and Elijah ( representing the Prophets) vanish. That is because the One standing there is He who the Law and the Prophets speak to, and he is the embodiment of both.
You are the son of God, and I will listen to you. You formed me, you teach me, and you send me. Let me help others listen to you.
I pray this in the name of the Anointed One. Amen!