This post is one in a series of reflections for Lent. I invite you to go back and read the previous reflections.
We already know how the story of the disciples will end. There is a lot in their story that we would never want to live. This is not one of those times. Jesus takes three of the disciples up on the mountain. When alone he uncloaks just a touch of his deity. Were he to reveal all of his glory, then the disciples could not have handled it. For a moment, they see a larger part of who he is. It had to be so exhilarating. They had seen and learned so much, but now they are truly seeing what they believed. Jesus, God of God, reveals to their eyes who he is. When Moses and Elijah appear they had to look like the moon in comparison to the sun. Moses and Elijah were heroes of the Jewish faith. Now they appear overshadowed by a lowly carpenter from Nazareth.
Peter is filled to overflowing. He wants to stay right where they are. Let's stay here Jesus. This is an amazing feeling. I want to stay here. I think we feel the same way sometimes as well. We find ourselves on the mountaintop, and want nothing more than to stay exactly where we are. A faith at the mountaintop is not capable of truly giving God the glory that he deserves. On the mountaintop we are overwhelmed with the power and majesty of God. His spirit invades us, and we have no choice, but to glorify him. God is looking for and deserves a glory that comes from the valleys. When we have left the mountaintop and the trials of life have overcome us, then he wants us to still call him just as glorious as he was on the mountaintop. The mountaintop is an amazing place to visit, but the true life of faith is spent in the valleys. That is the glory that God deserves. When are lives feel destroyed, and yet we still cry out to God and say that it is well with our soul. Peter and the other two can not stay on the mountaintop. Just as they think that this could not get any glorious. A cloud descends on the three and the voice of Father testifies to the identity of Jesus. "This is my Son".
Moses and Elijah have gone. Jesus has once again cloaked his deity. It is time to get back to the real living. It is time to go back to the valley. They ask Jesus about the coming of Elijah in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus says that Elijah has already come, and the religious leaders had treated him exactly as they were expected to.
When they come down the mountain, the disciples have been trying in vain to cast out a demon from a little boy. The father calls to Jesus. If you can help, then please do. Everything is possible if you have faith. The father utter an amazing statement. His statement is that prayer that can bring us through the valleys. I belief, but help me with my unbelief! When we are surrounded with trials and troubles, that ought to be our prayer. I am not going to make it through this valley God. Only you can bring me through it. Help me to trust you more and more.