2 Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain where they were alone. He was transformed in front of them, 3 and his clothes were amazingly bright, brighter than if they had been bleached white. 4 Elijah and Moses appeared and were talking with Jesus. 5 Peter reacted to all of this by saying to Jesus, “Rabbi, it’s good that we’re here. Let’s make three shrines—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”6 He said this because he didn’t know how to respond, for the three of them were terrified. 7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice spoke from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I dearly love. Listen to him!”8 Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Human One had risen from the dead. (Mark 9:2-9, CEB)
I always laugh when I first read this passage because I wonder how Peter knew it was Moses and Elijah. I assume they did not have pictures of them. I mean were they wearing name tags, Hellos my name is Moses, Hello my name is Elijah?
But then there is the weird thing that Peter says, “Rabbi, it’s good that we’re here. Let’s make three shrines—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But really what would you have said if you were on a mountain top with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah? He was dumbfounded and at a loss for words. But here we see that it is ok to be in the midst of the recreation of the world and not understand it. I mean Peter, James and John saw some pretty amazing things, and yet none of them were to be found when Jesus was crucified, and Peter denied Jesus 3 times before his trial. We are in good company when we don’t get it.
So know your name and go and tell the world about Jesus and all He has done even when you may not understand it.
Love People. Love God.