2 Kings 2.1-12 Psalm 50.1-6 2 Corinthians 4.3-6 Mark 9.2-9
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, that
I may rightly and truly proclaim His holy Word. Amen.
Seeing is believing. Or is it? Peter sees Jesus transfigured before him. He sees Him shining with the brightness of the sun, with Elijah and Moses on either side. He hears them speaking, and how is it that he reacts; he–Peter–who within the prior week has been the first and only disciple to “get it”, to understand and declare who Jesus is; that He is the Christ? You can almost hear the nervous laugh: “[I]t is good for us to be here ... one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Peter has recognized who Jesus is. Now he recognizes that it is Moses and Elijah who are with Jesus. He’s been with Jesus for a long time. He’s seen Him perform miracles, heard Him teach, trudged along the road with Him. He’s clearly drawn to and impressed by Jesus, but he still is not quite sure what to do, because this whole experience is so different from anything he can relate to. And now there comes a voice from the cloud which overshadows them, a voice which proclaims “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Just when Peter is putting all these data together–the voice which proclaims the messiah as in Psalm 2, the cloud in which the LORD appeared before Moses atop Mt. Sinai, the presence of Moses and Elijah, and his own prior declaration that Jesus is the Christ–just when these data come together with his own fear and confusion, it’s over. The transfiguration of reality which Peter has experienced is over, and Jesus and James and John are walking with him down the mountain.