For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. – 2 Peter 1:16-18
We are members of the 30% club. Only 30% of the people who travel to see Mount Denali actually see the mountain. It’s covered in clouds 70% of the time. In fact, we were told when we arrived at the Mount McKinley Lodge that they would take our room number and call us in the middle of the night if the mountain “showed up.” It’s that spectacular. While we were hanging out at the lodge that afternoon, the mountain showed up! It was a sight to behold. We’ll not soon forget it.
That must have been the case on the mount of transfiguration when Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and while they were on the mountain Jesus’ appearance was changed. He shone from the inside out. His face was radiant. His clothes were whiter than any launderer could ever make them. Peter had been so overwhelmed at the event that he spoke about making tents on the mountain for Jesus, Moses and Elijah.
The experience was indelibly etched on his mind. Now he speaks of it with the conviction of this experience, having heard God’s voice, and recognized God’s honor being poured out on Jesus. It surely must’a been somethin’.
Without seeing it for ourselves we can perhaps recognize not only how impactful the event was for Peter, but begin also to appreciate that despite Jesus’ humble life of service and unassuming nature while on earth, his true glory was manifest. Peter saw it. He now reports it.
But not only was it something, it is something. Jesus is not just a good man, a humble servant, but the Son of God. We serve a living Lord, a glorious Savior, a mighty God. When we take the name of Jesus into any situation we take a powerful name of a good God who was willing to lay aside his glory to seek and save the lost. That really is something.