How fantastic it is to be able to say, “This is my Son – and I’m proud of him.” This young man is part of me, I’ve raised him, taught him how to live. Here is the one I’ve told you about, now you can meet him for yourself and see, you can get to know him for yourself.
This is where I should insert a photo of one of my sons, but I won’t do that to them – proud that I am of the fine men they have become (sorry for the proud mummy moment!)
But that is what God says here:
The True Glory of Jesus
2Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him. They went up on a high mountain, where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. 3And his clothes became much whiter than any bleach on earth could make them. 4Then Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus.
5Peter said to Jesus, “Teacher, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6But Peter and the others were terribly frightened, and he did not know what he was talking about.
7The shadow of a cloud passed over and covered them. From the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, and I love him. Listen to what he says!” 8At once the disciples looked around, but they saw only Jesus.
9As Jesus and his disciples were coming down the mountain, he told them not to say a word about what they had seen, until the Son of Man had been raised from death. 10So they kept it to themselves. But they wondered what he meant by the words “raised from death.”
11The disciples asked Jesus, “Don’t the teachers of the Law of Moses say that Elijah must come before the Messiah does?”
Elijah certainly will come to get everything ready. But don’t the Scriptures also say that the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected? 13I can assure you that Elijah has already come. And people treated him just as they wanted to, as the Scriptures say they would.
Except God also adds that they should listen to his son. What he has got to say is important and needs hearing.
God reminds them that this is “The One” – yes the new thing is here in and through him.
In Jesus, God is here as a human being. Tom Wright reminds us that it would take many years of prayerful thought to fully understand what that means (p 83), we can forgive Peter for saying something stupid, but at some point we need to make a start on getting our heads around it – and doing something about it…
We might have heard about God – in Jesus we meet him. If we pay attention to him, we will learn more about God.
Have you encountered the awesome Jesus? Have you been introduced to him as God’s Son? Are you going to get to know him for yourself? Do you listen to him? What am I going to do having met him?
Thank you Lord,
that you introduce us to your son,
the one who is part of you,
and shows us you,
that in him we meet you.
as we get to know him,
that we may listen to him,
learn from him,
and follow your ways.