Message of the Day: Hear Him!
And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:35, NKJV)
This is thought to have taken place at Mount Hermon, shortly before Jesus’ final departure from Galilee, about four months before His death. One of the purposes of the Transfiguration was to strengthen the faith of the disciples in the divine nature of Christ before they experienced the shock of the difficult days ahead. Peter never forgot it. It gave him a sense of certainty as he was facing his own martyrdom (2 Peter 1:14–18). Also, it was a sort of grand, climactic testimony direct from heaven that Jesus was the One in whom all Old Testament prophecies converged and found their fulfillment.
Moses, the great Old Testament deliverer and lawgiver, and Elijah, the representative of the prophets. Moses’ work had been finished by Joshua, Elijah’s by Elisha (another form of the name Joshua). They now spoke with Jesus (whose Hebrew name was Joshua) about the “exodus” he was about to accomplish in Jerusalem, by which he would deliver his people from the bondage of sin and bring to fulfillment the work of both Moses and Elijah.
The disciples were confused about what was happening, but the father’s voice from heaven told them that it was an expression of his satisfaction with the entire ministry of Jesus. He made known and confirmed to them that it was their duty to hear Christ rather than any other, and to honor him more than Moses and Elijah; and to strengthen their faith in him when they should go forth to preach the gospel after he was shamefully put to death.
After this phenomenon, it was impossible for them to doubt that he was truly the son of God.
“Hear him” may refer to Deuteronomy 18:15, where the Israelites were warned to heed the (prophet like Moses) the new Moses who would come. There are several definitions of “hear” (ακούω) like “to hear and to obey” (eisakouō) but the one used here is ‘to understand.”
The same message rings to us today, we with no doubt should understand, hear and obey the words of Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God.
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