Religious Reward vs Spiritual Understanding
The significance of the Transfiguration of Jesus is that the Old Testament redeemer, Moses, has been fulfilled by the coming of the “new Moses”, Jesus. The Messianic Age has come. The Old and New Testaments now testify to Jesus being the Messiah, standing in the center of time. Peter’s suggestions about building the three booths is a rejection of Jesus’ teaching about the necessity of His suffering. The disciples are encouraged to enter the kingdom of suffering, rather than a kingdom of power. Peter wants to seize the moment of glory and extend it, thereby eliminating all the struggles inherent in the future to which Jesus has called him. Elijah is important because Malachi 4:5 predicted a reoccurrence of Elijah to announce the day of God’s coming. The voice from heaven at the Transfiguration also rebukes Peter over his nearsightedness to the things of the King of Heaven, when God says in the cloud, “Listen to Him”. Jesus wanted His disciples to become farsighted in their quest for spiritual understanding rather than a religious reward. Do you find it difficult to separate what you want from God, that is a nearsighted immediate religious reward, from a farsighted spiritual understanding, which is what God really wants us to seek? At the Transfiguration Jesus discussed “His departure” with Moses and Elijah. Peter’s inability to touch the spiritual caused him to miss the true understanding needed for a disciple of Jesus to preach the gospel of Christ correctly. When times are tough, do you long for the future Kingdom or a quick fix or reward? This could be the reason that God is so adamant to suggest that we hear Him when He says, “This is My Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” May we all seek greater spiritual understanding from the teachings of Jesus rather than a religious reward.