By: Steve Negley

Posted: August 18, 2023

Category: Daily Devotional

Matthew 17

17 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became bright as light. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I[a] will set up three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, the Beloved;[b] with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they raised their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” 10 And the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11 He replied, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things, 12 but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.

The inner circle of the disciples, Peter, James, and John were invited to journey up a high mountain one day with Jesus. And then, in place that might have reminded them of Moses speaking to God on a mountain, they witnessed Jesus conversing with Moses and Elijah, and they overheard God calling their Lord God’s beloved Son. On the way down, they were told to keep this wonderful revelation to themselves until Jesus had been killed and raised from the dead. In time, in faith, this would all make sense.

Sometimes we need to process our mountaintop experiences in faith before it all comes into focus.


God, let me follow you to the mountain so that I can hear God speak very clearly to me. And help me to understand what I am to know and grow on in faith. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.