There are some things that you get to see when you know that you are experiencing a very special event, and you feel the privilege. Occasions when the words of John Lennon and Paul McCartney ring out,
It’s wonderful to be here,It’s certainly a thrill
As I child, I remember standing outside Sheffield Town Hall waiting for The Queen to arrive. The crowds were several deep, it was deemed to be a special event, something worth seeing. Other events may be considered less meaningful, but are special to those involved; sometimes you just had to be there to appreciate the importance and feel the atmosphere.
Matthew 17:1-9 (CEV)
The True Glory of Jesus
17 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. 2 There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.
3 All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. 4 So Peter said to him, “Lord, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5 While Peter was still speaking, the shadow of a bright cloud passed over them. From the cloud a voice said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!” 6 When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. 7 But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, “Get up and don’t be afraid!” 8 When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus.
9 On their way down from the mountain, Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had been raised from death.
Jesus takes Peter, James and John up the mountain with him. Are you already hearing echoes, clues that something important is going to happen? God and mountains often means something profound, a special event.
Something happened to Jesus right in front of them. He changed. Jesus shines as bright as light. The glory of the Lord is here for those who wish to see it. But more than that, God speaks. He echoes the words of Jesus baptism, with the added instruction to listen to him.
What a privilege for the disciples to be there, to hear the voice of God so clearly.
Do you long for that? To hear the voice of God so clearly? To know exactly what he is saying? To see his presence so obviously? I know I do.
Perhaps this points us again to the need to draw away with God, to follow Jesus, to take time to be with him – up a mountain if necessary! We need those special times with God. Sometimes we need to make a concerted effort to listen, and that may mean removing other distractions for a time..
God invites us to join him? Will we be glad to? To be thrilled to be there with him? To wait to hear what he has to show us and say to us?
let me come,
to long to take time
to be with you,
to enjoy your presence.
hear your voice
and see clearly
what you are doing.
let me hear,
and I may respond