If you had been up there with Peter, James and John, what would you have wanted to do? You’d probably be busting at the seams, to tell all your friends and family about witnessing the great transformation of Jesus into “shining glory”? You’d have been ready and desirous of telling everyone that “Hey, our Messiah is here”? Surely you would have wanted to share the spectacular vision of Jesus, Moses and Elijah in conversation? And also share what that “voice from heaven” said? Of course you would want to do all of that!
Well! Jesus knew that. But he also knew that the Israelites were looking for a political Messiah, one who would save them from Roman oppression. If the three apostles went around blabbing about what they had seen, no one would have understood the reality that . Yes, Jesus was the messiah; however, he was not a political messiah like the Jewish people were expecting, based on their vision of King David and the promises made to him. Instead, Jesus was going to be a “suffering servant” messiah, and his way of conquering — by love, and by means of the cross — would not be understood at all. It definitely was not understood by Peter, James and John, as the gospel story tells us. That would have to wait until the Resurrection and Pentecost.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Through God’s gracious gift of faith, today we understand that Jesus was the Son of God, the promised Messiah, and that the cross he was facing was in fact the means of our salvation. Since we DO understand that, we are not required to “keep silent” about it. On the contrary, faith comes from hearing (Rom. 10:17), so we need to spread the Good News!
We know now more than Peter, James and John did at the time of the Transfiguration! So, don’t waste that knowledge! Be a light to the nations! You believe the Father, when he commanded, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him!” Are you listening to Jesus daily in your scripture meditation, and quiet prayer time with him? and are you obeying him?