…but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain…. and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2Peter 1:16-19 NIV)
Peter needed a selfie stick
If Facebook and selfies were available in Jesus’ time Peter would have been front of the line in snapping and posting. He and two friends found themselves on a mountaintop when Jesus became something quite ethereal. As his clothes turned white and his face glowed, he carried on a conversation with Moses and Elijah – time stood still.
Not knowing what to do, Peter suggested building monuments to the occasion – his equivalent of taking a selfie with the ethereal three and posting it on Facebook. Immediate recording of the vent meant he wasn’t really involved in it – but that changed powerfully.
They all heard a voice saying“This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.’’ After a lifetime of processing this experience Peter in his old age reminds us still topay attention to the thermal hope we have.
This is the second week of Lent and we can let time stand still for brief moments of reflecting on the hope we have in the one who is loved and loves us.
A Prayer for Today
Loving God, I am aware of the large gap between the Jesus I admire and the way I emulate him. We all have dark days and need reminding that your love is a light shining in those places. In this time of remembering your power validated by the love of the Father, help us to strive with your help to serve the broken places of our world…. For Jesus’ sake