Here's this week's Bible reflection:
Stop me if you’ve heard this. Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain. Then Jesus glowed. Then Moses and Elijah were there. Then Peter offered hospitality or just did something because he didn’t know what else to do. Then God’s voice came out of a bright cloud. It said “This is my Son, the beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” Then Peter, James, and John were scared and they dropped to the ground. Then Jesus told them go get up and to not be afraid. Then Moses, Elijah, and the Shiny God cloud were gone. Then Jesus told them to keep quiet about the vision until he had been raised from the dead.
Wait. Did you stop me?
You’ve heard it before but you wanted me to go on because you love poorly formed paragraphs? Matthew 17:1-9 is your favorite Bible passage? You couldn’t stop me because you were reading? You have no ideas what is going on but you’re going to see where this all goes?
It was an extraordinary experience. Glowing faces and clothes, dead guys talking, cloud voices. It was something they would remember for the rest of their lives.
And Jesus told them . . .
Not to tell anyone? Sure. He did that. There are other times Jesus told people to keep quiet and they didn’t. I’m guessing Peter, James, and John didn’t keep quiet. But Jesus told them something else.
Don’t be afraid? Yup. He said that too. And there are many other times where Jesus told folks to not be afraid. And I’m sure they were still afraid. But Jesus told them something else.
He said that their experience was a vision.
What do you make of that?