Something more sure…

How sure would you be that Jesus is the son of God, if you were on the mountain with Jesus when he was transfigured right in front of Peter, James, and John?  In Matthew 17:1-9 we read that “and he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light … and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”  I would like to think that after witnessing this event, I would have no doubt as to Jesus identity ever again.  But sadly enough I would probably have denied Jesus just as Peter did a couple of days later when Jesus was arrested. 

What hope is there for any of us to believe in Jesus and trust everything he said if Peter, who was one of the closest people to Jesus when he walked this earth and even witnessed the transfiguration, doubted and even denied Christ publicly?

The Lord was gracious to Peter.  He forgave him, restored his faith, and Peter went on to be a great leader in the early church.  Peter writes something extremely encouraging to those of us who live 2000 years later.  He is speaking in this passage about witnessing the transfiguration: 

For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
(2 Peter 1:17-21)

Peter says that we have “something more sure, the prophetic word”  That is a pretty incredible statement to me.  He’s saying that the word of God, the Bible, is something more sure than seeing Jesus Christ transfigured and hearing God’s voice.  We have something more sure… Wow.  Let that sink in.  Sinclair Fergusen sums this up well:

Would you not give your right arm for the privilege of hearing that voice from heaven bear testimony to Jesus? That is a natural feeling for any Christian.  Yet it was not the view Simon Peter eventually took.  Later he was to write that the testimony of Scripture to the Lord Jesus is as clear and powerful as any word we might hear from the heavens (2 Peter 1:17-19).  By this he meant that, if we would see the glory of Jesus Christ now, we must  read Scripture just as eagerly as Peter would have lingered on the mountain top.  The same voice speaks in both places!  The same testimony is given: Jesus is God’s Son; listen to him!

Jesus is God’s son; listen to Him!

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2 Responses

  1. Good Biblical reflection. Thanks.

  2. I love this!!

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