Will you Listen to Jesus?
Matthew 16:28 - 17:13
"Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear." 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
9 And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead." 10 And the disciples asked him, "Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?" 11 He answered, "Elijah does come, and he will restore all things. 12 But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands." 13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
When Jesus stated, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom." have you wondered who He was talking about? Matthew 17:1-9 explains who Jesus is talking about - Peter, James and John. They saw Jesus as the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.
Jesus commanded Peter, James and John not to say anything until the Son of Man is raised from the dead. Peter obeyed His Lord and said nothing until after the resurrection of Jesus (2 Peter 1:16-21). We need to follow Peter's example of obeying Jesus.
The problem is sometimes we don't listen. My wife calls it selective listening. Look what God the Father says in Matthew 17:5, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased. Listen to Him (Italics and Bold added)." If we keep this command God gives "listen to Him" we will live an abundant, significant and eternal life.
We need to spend time with Jesus in the word and prayer in order to listen to Him.
Another question you might be asking, "Who fulfilled the coming of Elijah prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6?" Verse 13 clarifies this for us, John the Baptist. What was the mission of John the Baptist? Look at verse 11. The mission was to restore all things pointing people to Jesus, preparing the way. How did John live out his mission? John proclaimed Jesus every where he went and called people to repent of their sin to be restored.
We need to pray that what Elijah came to do will continue to happen today, full restoration of relationships with God and people.
Nothing matters more than God and people.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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