Thursday, 5 August 2021
Listen to Him
Ps Mark Tan
A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” – Luke 9:35
This weekend marks the memory of the Transfiguration of Jesus. The Scripture describes it very well:
²⁷ “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
²⁸ About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. ²⁹As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. ³⁰Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. ³¹ They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem. ³² Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. ³³ As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
³⁴ While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. ³⁵ A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” ³⁶ When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
For today’s devotion, I want to focus on Peter’s response and God’s exhortation. Having seen God’s glory in Jesus and the presence of Moses and Elijah, Peter’s response is one of ignorance to the situation as well as to Jesus’ destiny on the cross. For rather than waiting to be told what to do, he suggested to put up three shelters, one each for Jesus and the others. This shows Peter’s ignorance because
1) Jesus only just told the disciples of his fate on the cross yet Peter wanted to prolong their presence by building shelters for them,
2) three, presumably equal, dwelling places assumes that Peter viewed Jesus to be on par with Moses and Elijah when actually He’s above them all, and
3) rather than waiting for Jesus to speak as He would normally do, Peter jumped to his own idea.
Thankfully, God in His mercy exhorted Peter saying ”This is my beloved Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him.” God’s exhortation to Peter corrected every wrong perception conceived by him:
1) Peter should listen to Jesus more carefully and remember His words and promises.
2) Jesus is God’s Son, the Chosen One. Moses and Elijah are nowhere near equal.
3) Don’t listen to your own wisdom, rather listen to Him.
Oftentimes, especially when in a crisis situation like now, I find myself doing as Peter did: I forget what Jesus encourages and commands, I tend to equate my wisdom with God’s wisdom, and in turn, I end up making my own decisions rather than just listen to Him Who holds my world in the palm of His hand and Who makes all things work together for His and our good. Thanks be to God that in the Transfiguration of Jesus, I am reminded:
1) I must remember Jesus’s words and salvation work more carefully and attentively.
2) I should value Jesus’ words above any other wisdom, especially my own.
3) I should listen to Jesus and heed His voice. I should expect it. In fact, I look forward to it.
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
经文： 路加福音 9:28-36
– 路加福音 9:35
9:27 我实在告诉你们：站在这里的，有人在没尝死味以前，必看见 神的国。”