Christ’s transfiguration reveals four desires He has for you:
1. He wants to get alone with you:
“Jesus… took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.”
Modern life can be unkind to the soul with the pressure, the pace, the distractions… and the allure. Because Jesus understood the deadening impact of the world upon the inner life of His men, He deemed it necessary to draw them apart unto Himself.
If our extended times with God are sparse, could it be because we fear aloneness with Him may expose the barrenness of our soul?
2. He wants to reveal His glory to you:
“As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning… Peter and his companions… saw His glory… ”
In the process of molding the character of His men who would change the world, Jesus knew they must (in a measure) comprehend His holiness. Thus, the “Transfiguration”. And so it is to be with us: At the very core of our spiritual survival and development lies the necessity of grasping a view of His glory… His holiness.
3. He wants to create a hunger for Himself in you:
“Peter said to Him, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters— one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah.‘”
For a brief and glorious moment, restless, blustering Peter caught sight of Jesus’ majesty that provoked in him a longing to remain in His presence. As His pilgrims, should not that kind of hunger be the norm for us?
4. He wants to speak to you:
“A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him.”
I wonder what truths the Spirit would whisper to our languid souls, were we to learn the art of listening over talking.