Saturday, February 25, 2017

Matthew 17:1-9

Six days after the Lord had rebuked Peter for his lack of perception, Jesus arranged a field trip for Peter, James, and his brother John. He led them away from all the people to the top of a very high mountain. 2 While they were up there, Jesus suddenly began to glow. His face was as bright as the sun and his clothes were as dazzling white as light. This transformation took place right in front of the three apprentices.

3 And then, all at once, the Old Testament prophets Moses and Elijah were standing there talking with Jesus. 4 The whole thing was surreal and Peter, ever the man of action, always eager to organize Jesus’ life, interrupted, “Lord, it’s a good thing that we’re here. If it’s okay with you, I’ll build three shrines to commemorate this great event -- one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

5 While Peter was still babbling, suddenly a bright cloud dropped down and engulfed them. A voice from somewhere deep in the cloud bellowed out, “This is my dearly loved Son, the pride of my life. Listen to him!” 6 Hearing this, the three terrified apprentices dropped to the ground and buried their faces in the dirt as they cowered.

7 Jesus walked over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 As they looked around, the only person they could see was Jesus.

9 As the four of them were making their way down the mountain, Jesus instructed the apprentices to say nothing about what had just happened -- “at least until the Uber Man is raised from the dead.”