Sunday: 17th March, 2019
Reference text: Luke 9:28-36
Luke 9:33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
When one identifies a winning method or formula, it takes a great deal of effort to influence change. Hence, when we find a comfort zone within which we can operate efficiently, we tend to stay put. Peter, in the Gospel today makes a proposition to Jesus that they pitch their tents right on the mountain top. While he may not have been entirely certain of what he was saying, he just knew that it was a good place to be.
On that mountain top, the glory of God was manifested, His voice was heard and His presence experienced. The transfiguration of Jesus transposed the three disciples into a realm where they basked in the radiant light of God’s presence. The Psalm that came to mind as I reflected on this text was ‘I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever ‘(Ps 23:6b) It is therefore not surprising that Peter proposed the pitching of tents.
Beloved, when we truly experience God’s presence, departure doesn’t come easy. It is an experience that must be lived and constantly renewed. The presence of God should be heaven to us: His glory, His manifest presence should be the place in which we delight to abide. And just so we know, we no longer have to literally travel to a mountain top to experience His glory, we have this glory as our rear guard and his guaranteed presence until the end of time.