After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Matthew 17:1-3
Take a moment to envision what this looked like. Three disciples plus Jesus ascended a high mountain.
What was the reason Jesus gave for needing to climb the mountain? No one knows.
Then Jesus transforms right in front of them. I can imagine their mouths were wide open gawking at what was happening right in front of them.
Then two historical figures from the Old Testament appear. The disciples must have known who they were.
Everything about this scenario must have been mesmerizing for them.
What does one say to Elijah or Moses? They already had long conversations with the Messiah Himself, but Moses and Elijah too?
I’m sure they were on sensory overload at this point.
This passage is where we get the phrase “mountain top experience” an event or experience that occurs occasionally in our lives but is remembered long after the thrill and excitement fade away. When we’re new to the faith, we want all of life to be like that experience but soon realize that once in a great while is more than enough to satisfy our hunger and thirst for a glimpse of the Savior. It’s probably all we can handle.
We’ve all had those experiences but couldn’t possibly live there. We have bills, family, commitments, and jobs to take care of. Unfortunately, we “come down” from those highs and crash into reality.
The vast majority of our time on plant Earth will not be those spiritual highs, and I’m okay with that.
We will one day see Jesus face to face and experience Him up close and personal for a long long time.
For now, though, we have to settle for the experiences we have, making the most of every opportunity. Ephesians 5:16