Devotional – Matthew 17

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.”

From time to time we have all had mountain top experiences with God, where we have experienced a moment of his glory, his love, or his power which had a profound impact on our lives. These moments can be quite exhilarating, but of all the experiences you and I have had nothing could even come close to that mountain top moment that Peter, James and John had with Jesus. There they were and in an instant Jesus was transfigured before them so that his glory was revealed and his face shone like the sun. And as if that was not enough, Moses and Elijah show up. I don’t know about you but this would be at the top of my list of all time experiences with Jesus. Yes feeding the five thousand would be great, walking on water would have made the list, even the healing of a man born blind would rank right up there, but nothing and I mean nothing would be greater than this moment right here. Peter himself was so moved by the experience that he wanted it to go on and on which is why he suggested that he and the other disciples build tents for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. He didn’t want to leave the mountain. But we know they did because the moment ended, and we also come down from our mountain top experiences. In many cases after we have those moments we look for another one and another one and another one so that soon what we’re chasing is the moments instead of seeking God himself. This is where we need to heed the words of Peter in his second letter. He does not point to his experience with Jesus, but to the Word of God – he calls it “the prophetic word more fully confirmed.” What’s more valuable, more important, more meaningful, and more critical to our faith and growth as a Christian is not a mountain top experience, but the sure Word of God that reveals to us the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. So let the Scriptures be sufficient for all godliness in your life.

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