Matthew 17:1-5, Greater than Moses and Elijah

Picture 1Matthew 17:1-5 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that His face shone line the sun, and His clothes became as white as light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here? If You want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials–one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to Him.” NLT

We call this story “The Mount of Transfiguration.” It is a miraculous experience of Jesus being transformed and visited by two great prophets who are dead. These are the two highest regarded prophets by the Jews. The three disciples of Jesus must have been overwhelmed. Of course, Peter reveals how overwhelmed he is by feeling that he needed to say something but not knowing what to say.

Notice from what Peter is saying. He believes that he is standing before three of the greatest prophets of Israel, “Let’s build a memorial for each.”

But, notice that when God spoke from heaven that only one was recognized by Him. That was Jesus. Not one word was mentioned of the two great prophets who stood before them. God recognized only Jesus.

As great as Moses and Elijah were, they were still just men. Their greatness was no match to the greatness of Jesus and the Father made that very clear. They were just men. You and I are just humans. Jesus is so much more.

Never be caught elevating any human higher than the one the God the Father elevated, Jesus Christ.

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  1. I like it because it have god inside it

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