An Eyewitness Account

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For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 2 Peter 1:17-18

It was not one of Peter's finest moments but for sure one of his most memorable ones. Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain and there His figure changed before their eyes. His "face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light" (Matthew 17:2). All of a sudden Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking to Jesus! It's better for a person just to stay quiet and soak in such a glorious moment as it seems James and John did. But the impulsive Peter opened his mouth. "Lord, it's good for us to be here," he said to Jesus who, don't forget, was talking with Moses and Elijah. "If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Can't you hear James whisper to John, "I can't believe he just said that!"

Jesus didn't bother to respond. While Peter was still speaking a "bright cloud" enveloped them and the Father spoke from the cloud saying, "This is my son, whom I love; with whom I am well pleased." The voice of God sent the three disciples to the ground, "terrified." But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." When they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and Jesus instructed them not to share their experience until after the resurrection.

Peter was indeed an "eyewitness of [Christ's] majesty" (2 Peter 1:16). While the false teachers invented clever stories, he spoke the very words of God. His firsthand account carried weight with the recipients of this letter ... and should with us today.

Father, thank You for the integrity of Your Word written by those who walked with Jesus and witnessed His glory and majesty. In Jesus' name. Amen.