Matthew 17

Today, read Matthew 17.

Jesus’ disciples had heard him speak with authority unlike anyone else they had ever heard before. They saw him restore crippled limbs, make the rotting flesh of lepers as smooth as a newborn’s skin, give sight to eyes that had never seen anything, and bring the dead back to life. All of these were spectacular signs of God’s power working through Jesus. However, they had heard of prophets like Elisha doing these things.

The transfiguration of Christ, which we read about in verses 1-13, revealed the divine glory of Jesus Christ. As his face and clothing radiated light, Peter, James, and John knew they were in the presence of someone unlike anyone else who had ever lived. Then the voice of God the Father identified him directly: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (v. 5).

Although they were awe-struck by the sight of Jesus, Peter knew one thing: he never wanted to leave. That’s why he said in verse 4, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Interesting, isn’t it, that he wanted to build shelters for the three glorified men--Jesus, Moses, and Elijah--but not for himself, James, and John even though they were the three who would need shelter from the elements. As a true servant, he was unconcerned for himself and only thought about the Lord and his prophets.

Consider this if you ever wonder if eternity will be boring. Peter saw a glimpse of eternity and wanted to stay forever. How much more will we enjoy the Lord’s presence when we see our glorified Lord as we stand glorified like Moses and Elijah by his grace.