Listen to Him
And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” (Mark 9:9)
This coming Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday and that means Lent is right around the corner. The setting for this text is six days after Peter’s confession and the confusion that Peter has concerning Jesus needing to suffer and die. Now Peter, James and John join Jesus in the Transfiguration.
Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets, converse with Jesus about Jesus’ up-coming suffering and death. This would fulfill both the Law and the Prophets.
Peter makes the suggestion that they stay there by having tents constructed. This was reminiscent of the time Israel traveled in the wilderness and the tabernacle was a constant reminder of God’s presence. This was not a well-thought out utterance. Mark tells us: For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. (9:6).
The last verse of hymn 414 (LSB) says “Tis good Lord to be here! Yet we may not remain. But since Thou bidst us leave the mount, come with us to the plain.” We, too, function on the plain of life. Thankfully we don’t have to along on our journey.
There are many voices in our world that want to be heard. They often have a personal axe to grind and want us to join them. Frequently these messages are very flawed. When God speaks through his Word we need to listen to him because his message for us is always in our best interest. The original language for our verse is: “This is My Son, the Beloved, keep on hearing Him.” We will be eternally blessed when we continue in God’s Word.
Prayer: Lord God Heavenly Father, thank you for speaking your love for your Son and his ministry. Help me to be faithful in being in your Word and receiving the comforting message of my salvation. Use me to share this inerrant and soothing message with all those around me.