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Peter And The Transfiguration


"Now after six days Jesus took Peter,James and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking to Him" (Matt.17:1-3).

By the time Peter wrote his second letter, he was a relatively old man. In his first letter, he had little to say about himself personally. He called himself a fellow elder and referred to having been a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and that's about it. The second letter is different though, as in it he recalls two incidents recorded in the gospels. The first is about the circumstances of Peter's death (2 Pet.1:14). It took place after Jesus' resurrection. Seven of the disciples, among them Peter and John, had returned to Galilee to take up their old fishing trade (Jn.21:1-2). Jesus spoke to them and had a remarkable conversation where he spoke of Peter's coming death (Vs 18-19). The second incident Peter recalled was about the most memorable thing that happened in Jesus' life, the transfiguration... In this event, just to refresh your memory, Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a mountain and was transfigured before them, as is described in today's verses from the gospel of Matthew. Not only that, but these nondescript men also witnessed Moses and Elijah speaking to the Lord. Every time I read this account, I get goosebumps, and imagine myself as one of these men witnessing this extraordinary happening. To cap off this miraculous scene, while Peter was talking about building three (3) tabernacles for Moses, Elijah and Jesus, God's voice booms out of the heavens.... "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" As you read the account, do you feel like a witness yourself? With this in mind, lets consider the miraculous event that has transpired and take God's words to heart. He was well pleased with His Son for all the right reasons, and we should be too... God's final words are not just spoken to Peter, James and John but to us also.... Hear Him!

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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