Rise, and have no fear.

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

All I can say when I read such accounts as this one is WOW! I cannot even imagine what it must have been like to be up on that mountain with Jesus. All of a sudden Moses and Elijah shows up and Jesus speaks to them as one would with old friends. Peter is crazed and begins to babble about tents. God then speaks from a cloud. With a few words God Almighty removes any doubt concerning the origin and identity of Jesus. I would be terrified too.

Jesus comes and does what he always does - he speaks comfort and peace to his friends. Doesn't this comfort you as well? One minute Jesus is speaking with men who have been dead for centuries and the next talking with his disciples. I cannot imagine the awe that Peter, James and John must have experienced. Hearing the very voice of God must have been so surreal. Small wonder that Jesus responded the way that he did.

I am in awe of you Lord. Take my fears away.

1 comment:

  1. Amen to that.
    I think I would probably be babbling about "tents" too. Our world is so small and God is so big. Sometimes I think I have got it backwards.
    What an awesome God we serve.

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