Monday, September 5, 2011

Matthew 17:1-8

Matthew 17:1-8

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him! And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, Arise, and do not be afraid. When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. (Matthew 17:1-8 NKJV)

Let's look at the first three names. There are Peter, James, and John. Peter means rock. James means replace. John means Grace. The ROCK (Ten commandments) are being REPLACED by GRACE (JESUS!) No matter what we read in the Bible, every names, numbers, etc.. have meanings to those who are wanting to dig deeper into His Word and find nuggets in the Bible! I love it!

Now, noticed that Moses and Elijah were talking to the Son of God. Peter, instead of realizing that Jesus should be the only one he should focus on, he saw them all as equals. Moses brought the Laws from Mount Sinai that God gave. The Law was to bring out the worst of men and women. Elijah was the Prophet for the coming of Christ or the Messiah. This prophet was to let the world know that salvation was coming! Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). Jesus is Grace. So we know that Moses an Elijah were not equal to Christ. When Peter mentioned "3 Tabernacles", God basically said, "No, This is the Son of God you should listen to". Jesus is the only One that we all should trust and embrace. Jesus is our everything! And the best thing about Jesus, He loves us so much that He don't want us to be afraid or worry about anything in Life. Let's keep our eyes on Jesus, the Living Son of God!