Some experiences that an individual has leave an indelible impression on your life! They produce a level of conviction that is unshakable. They are defining moments. The impact of these experiences is collateral and contagious! Others almost vicariously enter into them when the original participant shares their experience and the result is positive and profound.
Peter had such an experience “on the mountain” when Jesus was transfigured before the eyes of Peter, James and John! Here is the record of the experience from Matthew (also recorded in Mark and Luke)…
“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 a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!’” (from Matthew 17:1-5)
Wow! What a powerful experience! Unforgettable! Life changing! It’s impact on Peter was profound! Here’s what I read this morning during “coffee with the Lord” in Peter’s own words…
“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty! For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,’ we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain! And [as a result] we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place… Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit!” (2 Peter 1:16–21 ESV)
And the result in Peter’s life of that experience? Conviction! Effective communication of the gospel! Absolute confidence in God’s word and the reliability of Scripture! And a message urging us to “take his word for it,” pay attention and believe!
And Peter, I intend to take your word for it!