Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21
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 had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.
So, we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
As we prepare for Transfiguration Sunday this week, today’s reading comes from a witness of that spectacular event. Peter is one of Jesus’ trusted disciples who accompanies him up the mountain, along with the “Sons of Thunder” James and John. I think Jesus was probably preparing them for his approaching trial by showing them his real nature, glory, and power.
In our reading today, Peter is writing a letter. He looks older than he did at the time of the transfiguration—a lot grayer and not so “spry” as he was years ago. It’s been about 33 years since Jesus died and rose, and Peter is writing his second epistle, which is his “swan song” shortly before he is martyred.
In his letter, he reminds us of the things that Jesus taught him and what the people of his day must also remember. He reminds his readers of the power of Christ and that he, Peter, was an eyewitness. He recounts how he saw Jesus’ glory on that mountaintop and heard God say, “This is my beloved Son.” As he is writing the words, he probably smiles, knowing that Jesus told them coming down the mountain that they should only talk about the event following his death and resurrection. Peter probably feels good that he is following Jesus’ command.
As strong as Peter’s eyewitness account may be, there is an even stronger confirmation that Jesus is who he said he was—the vast written scriptures which continue to this day to point to the source of all truth.
How do you point to Jesus? Peter wrote letters, spoke, and lived his life letting his light shine and reflect Christ. As we think about the radiance of Jesus in our transfiguration story, how are you a reflection each day of that light?
God, our truth and light, we try to reflect your glory in all we do. We know we fall short. Help us to stand in awe and pick ourselves up when we feel weak. Help us to share the good news of Jesus Christ like Peter, through any means that we can.