The Mountain Top – Matthew 17

Many believers have what is referred to as a “mountain top” experience. I’ve had several in my lifetime; most were literally on a mountain top, at Bible camp. These are times when we’ve had and amazing emotional/spiritual experience that brings our hearts into communion with God.

In Matthew 17, Peter, James, and John have the ultimate Mountain top experience! They saw Jesus transfigured, in His glorified body as truly the Son of God! John describes what they may have seen in His vision of Revelation 1:13-16—And among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man” dressed in a robe reaching down to His feet and with a golden sash around His chest. His head and hair were like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.—No wonder Peter and the others were so amazed. And Jesus stood there talking to Moses and Elijah!

Peter wanted to stay up there. “Let’s put up some tents and just stay here,” he suggested. But God had other ideas; He had a plan. He knew what had to be done. So He spoke up, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him.” Peter, James, and John had now not only seen the glorified Christ, but also heard the voice of God.  They fell down on their faces on the ground. Can you think of a better response?

Jesus comes to them and tells them gently to get up. As they do they see He is back to “normal” and is alone. He reminds them that it’s time to go back. He has more work to do.

I wonder, while they were coming down that mountain, if Peter didn’t look back over his shoulder at that mountain top and sigh, wishing they could have stayed up there, in that moment. But they had to come back to the world and the work to be done. When we have those experiences, when our hearts are full of that lave and joy, that blessing from time spent away communing with God, we too have to come back; we have work to do. We have to share that feeling, that closeness, that joy, with a hurting world longing for the peace that only God can give.

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