Luke 9:28-32 (NIV)
About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
What an amazing event. Jesus appearance is transformed right before the eyes of Peter, John and James. His clothes shined as bright as a flash of lightning. Two major figures from Israel’s past, Moses and Elijah, appear and converse with Jesus about future events. This was big.
In the midst of all of this we learn that the attending disciples didn’t really grasp it all, until they were fully awake. That really stands out to me. I just cannot image witnessing this amazing miracle without my heart beating faster and my eyes wide open. Yes, they were sleepy, but for a few moments they saw what others would (literally) die to see and hear.
Perhaps they forgot Peter’s words to Jesus a little more than a week earlier, “you are the Christ, the son of the Living God.” Perhaps hanging with Jesus all the time took away some of the luster. Maybe Jesus their teacher was becoming more their friend than their Messiah.
Sadly, the disciples are not alone. We all tend to be sleepy when it comes to recognizing God at work in our lives. We worship on Sunday and then live the rest of the week missing HIS glory. We need to wake up. Yes, what a friend we have in Jesus, however, we also need to remember, what an awesome God we serve.
Let’s make sure we stay alert, let’s stay awake and watch what God is doing in our lives and in the world. It’s transforming!
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