“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Mt 17:5 NKJV
On the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses, the law giver, and Elijah, who represents the prophets, stood side by side with Jesus. But Jesus outshone them all. The Bible says, “His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them” (Mk 9:3 TM). In that moment Jesus was God in His purest form. Awed by Him, Peter said, “Lord…if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” (Mt 17:4 NKJV). It was a sincere sentiment, but it was sincerely wrong. “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’” The word beloved implies “unique.” There is no one else like Jesus! Not Moses. Not Elijah. Not Peter. Not Zoroaster, Buddha, or Muhammad. No one in heaven or on earth. Three shrines would have made Moses and Elijah equal with Christ, and God would have none of it. Only one shrine should be built, because only one person on the mountain deserved to be worshipped. “When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid” (Mt 17:6 NKJV). The One who hung the stars in space and left Pharaoh dead at the bottom of the Red Sea stood among them. The sight of Him took their breath away, removed every trace of arrogance and caused them to finish up face-down on the ground. How long has it been since you felt such reverence for God?