Matthew 17: 1-9
After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one accept Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Peter, James and John had both heard the teachings of Christ and had seen the miracles performed by Christ. Now, there should be no dought that Jesus is the promised Messiah given to deliver them. Peter thinks it is time to build a shelter for Christ, Moses and Elijah to take their place of authority until the voice of God speaks telling them to listen to his Son, whom he loves and is well pleased. Christ tells them not to be afraid and not to tell anyone what they have seen until the Son of Man is raised from the dead. Don’t you know this was all hard for them to understand!
Father help us to understand how you gave the Commandments to Moses and spoke through the prophets, such as Elijah, to prepare us to receive your son, Jesus the Christ. Thank you for his life, death, and the power of the resurrection that reveals your glory and purity to all who will receive. Help us to listen to your word of truth in Christ. When we receive your truth, we must grow to become more like Christ to be resurrected with him to be with you forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.