Matthew – Fulfilled.
Something exciting has happened to you, but it isn’t time to share it with everyone just yet. Maybe it is the hope of a new home, but you need to sell the one you have. Maybe it is the promise of new birth, but it is too early to share the news. Perhaps it is a new job, but the promotion hasn’t been announced, so it is too early to tell the family. Have you had this giddy feeling of secret hope and joy? And you just can’t wait to tell others about what you know?
So did Jesus’ special disciples. They experience something grand and glorious that no one on earth as seen or heard, but they can’t talk about it…yet.
Matthew 17, The Message
Sunlight Poured from His Face
17 1-3 Six days later, three of them saw that glory. Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Then they realized that Moses and Elijah were also there in deep conversation with him.
4 Peter broke in, “Master, this is a great moment! What would you think if I built three memorials here on the mountain—one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah?”
5 While he was going on like this, babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.”
6-8 When the disciples heard it, they fell flat on their faces, scared to death. But Jesus came over and touched them. “Don’t be afraid.” When they opened their eyes and looked around all they saw was Jesus, only Jesus.
9 Coming down the mountain, Jesus swore them to secrecy. “Don’t breathe a word of what you’ve seen. After the Son of Man is raised from the dead, you are free to talk.”
Think about it…
–When the disciples were free to talk about it, they shouted from the rooftops of every town and city!
–WE are free to talk about His Story!
–His Light reflects on our faces after being with Him in prayer and in His Word…and then talk about Jesus!
–We don’t need to build statues or monuments, we only need to see Jesus, only Jesus.
–We are FREE to talk about it! Jesus lives in us!
Dear Heavenly Father, What a grand moment in time for mere men to hear Your Voice and worship Your Son! We praise you this morning with humbled adoration. You are God and we are not. There is nothing we can build that compares to Your Glory! May Your Glory be seen in me today. In Jesus Name, Amen.