asleep at the switch



Luke 9:32-36

Luk 9:32 But Peter and those with him had become quite sleepy, but as they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
Luk 9:33 Then as the men were starting to leave, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three huts, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”– not knowing what he was saying.
Luk 9:34 As he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
Luk 9:35 Then a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This one is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him!”
Luk 9:36 After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found to be alone. So they kept silent and told no one at that time anything of what they had seen.

asleep at the switch

Luke recounts Peter’s eyewitness account of the transfiguration. We can assume this, because Luke mentions Peter by name, and he had just said that James and John were with him. Peter recalls that the three had become sleepy. When they snapped out of their stupor, the found that Jesus was being visited in a vision by Moses and Elijah. Peter’s first thought was to build huts so that they could get a good lesson or two from each of these great people of God. But the voice within the cloud (the Father God) said, no. Jesus is the one who is the unique Son of God. His word needs to be listened to.

The focus of God’s word to us is now switched to zero in on Jesus and his gospel. That does not mean that we should ignore the words of Moses and the prophets. It means that from now on, Jesus’ words are the focus of our relationship with God, and the rest of the Bible takes a secondary role of helping us live in the kingdom that he established.

LORD, help us to focus our eyes and ears on Jesus, God’s unique Son.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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