“After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whither than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus” (Mark 9:2-3)
Wanna get away? Southwest Airlines popularized that phrase with their often humorous commercials. Usually their commercials depicted someone in an awkward or embarrassing or humiliating situation that anyone in their shoes would love to go run and hide, do anything to get away.
Perhaps you’ve been in a situation where you can relate and just “wanna get away.” Again and again throughout Scripture whenever sinful humans come into some kind of contact with the glory of God or perfection, they melt in terror, fear, and fright. That’s what happened to the disciples on that Transfiguration mountain as Jesus shone with blinding glory, a cloud enveloped them, and God the Father spoke.
You and I will one day have to stand before that holy glory of God. And really that’s a sobering thought. You and I, sinful humans standing before the holy God of all??!! Me? Standing before the God who knows all my thoughts, hears all my words, and sees all my actions?? The mere thought ought to make me collapse in horror, terror, and fright and want nothing more than to get away!
But then there’s Moses and Elijah. And what are they doing? Talking with Jesus! Who were they? Sinful humans, just like you and me. We’re not told that they’re afraid or scared or nervous. Why not? Because already they were enjoying the benefits of what Jesus was about to do!
Jesus could have stayed basking in the glory of who He truly is- God’s eternal Son, but He didn’t. He went down the mountain. Why? In order that He could suffer and die for Elijah’s sins, Moses’ sins, the disciples’ sins, your sins, my sins, the sins of the world. Because Jesus went down the mountain to die on a different mountain and gloriously rise again, your sins are forgiven! Heaven is your home! You have peace with God! You don’t have to “get away.”
Thankful for the glory of Jesus’ grace and love, just like you,