This is My Beloved Son
It’s Christmas eve and people are still not sure who Jesus is, but God had this to say about Jesus. [Matthew 17:5b-7] “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.”
God the Father personally invaded the space of the disciples Peter, James and John in this story and makes a declaration to them concerning Jesus. “This is my beloved Son, (Jesus, The Word of God) in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” He points out to the disciples that, Jesus, who is the Word of God in the flesh, (John 1:1-4 & 14) is the Beloved Son of God, and that He is well pleased with Him and all that He has done, and will do. Jesus is the only One present that God the Father, says, He is well pleased with. This identification of who Jesus is by God the Father makes a clear distinction between that which is God, and that which is made in His image. Jesus, who is the ‘Incarnate Word of God’, is fully God and fully man, while Moses and Elijah, are fully men who are made in the image of God. But in the eyes of the disciples, Moses and Elijah who appeared on the mountain to talk to Jesus are held in high esteem as so declared by the statement Peter made to Jesus that led God to intervene in this event. After Moses and Elijah appeared in shining array to talk with Jesus, Peter said to Him (Jesus), “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, let us make here three tabernacles: (three places of worship) one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But God quickly pointed out to them, that Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God, is God, and the One they are to worship, listen to, and follow, because He alone has the words of Eternal Life.
Let us also note, as soon as God spoke to the disciples in this story they fell on their faces and became very afraid. To me, this description of the reactions of the disciples is an example of how we as Christians are to respond to the Word of God today when it is revealed unto us by the Holy Spirit
. The disciples by falling on their faces before the voice that spoke to them shows us the reverence they had toward the One speaking to them. We, today, do not have that same reverence for the revelation we receive from the Holy Spirit who is just as much God, as the Father is who revealed unto the disciples who Jesus was in this story. When we come to the point in our relationship with the Lord that our reverence for the things of God equals that of the disciples who followed Jesus in that day and time, we will become the church God intended for us to become when He brought it into existence on the day Jesus ascended into heaven.
Another note of interest is that people today are still just as confused as to who Jesus is as were His disciples on this day. To get a full understanding of what all has taken place in this story, begin reading in verse one and continue through to verse seven. Besides Jesus, there were two other shining people who appeared on the mountain top. Because each of them were shiny, Peter thought they were all worthy of having a tabernacle (a place of worship) built for them. We still see this lack of knowledge of the Holy in operation today. Men build temples to every shiny character that appears to them. They think because a shiny thing appears to them, that shiny thing or person is worthy of their worship. Do not be deceived! Take notice; in these scriptures, God the Father quickly points out to Peter, James and John, that there is only One Person He is fully pleased with; and that person is Christ Jesus
, the Anointed Word of God, who came to earth, took on a fleshly body named Jesus, sacrificed His life for our sins, arose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father to rule and reign with Him over all of creation forever and ever. He alone is worthy of our worship. No angel, no man, nor anyone else in creation, shiny or not, is worthy of this honor, but God alone.
Dear brothers and sisters, it has never entered into the mind of natural man the value God has placed on our life. There is not enough money in all of the universe to buy the soul of even one person. That is how valuable we are to God. Because we cannot see how valuable we are to Him, we fail to understand that God loves us more than He loved His own life. Because we cannot see these eternal qualities of God, man belittles man and makes himself of no value in the eyes of other men. This is why God Himself personally delivered His salvation message to man in the manner He did. If we can believe He loved us enough to forgive us of our sins and save us from the eternal punishment that was to come, we can believe He saved us to manifest Himself in us so that we might understand how valuable we are to Him, and that we might relay that message to other men that, they, too, might be saved.
If we can understand the simple precept that God Himself lived inside the fleshly body of Jesus and the event that unfolded on the world’s stage was so important that He personally delivered the Good News to man. He did not entrust His salvation message to angels, nor another man because of the significance of the event. God delivered the message personally, suffered the rejection, and paid our penalty. No angel was worthy, no man was worthy, only God Himself could complete such a task. And that is why He pointed out to Peter, James and John, the error of their thinking. Let us understand why this is so important. We are natural men born into a natural world and most of us only understand things that happen in the natural. If we can understand how man deals with some situations, we can understand how God deals with other situations. For example, when our government deems something to be of the utmost importance to the welfare of our nation that could affect the well being of it citizenry, the President of the United States
does not entrust his message to an emissary, an ambassador, or a statesman; he personally delivers the message to the intended hearer. He doesn’t make a phone call, and he doesn’t send an email, he climbs aboard Air Force One and goes personally to deliver the message. When things are done in this way there is no room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the news he bears.
It was so important to God that the people of Israel saw Him and witnessed His works, and had an opportunity to personally accept or reject His message that He did not send a subordinate; He met the Israelites face to face. That’s why a popular religion in our country is treading on dangerous ground. They have believed a message they call a new gospel that they themselves admit was delivered by an angel. No angel could purchase the redemption of man because they are not on the same classification as man and God, therefore God did not then, and does not now, empower angels to deliver information of this magnitude to His children and especially when that message not only had to be preached, but demonstrated through the shedding of His own blood to make atonement for the sins of man. When God completed His work on Calvary, and in hell, there was no need for another gospel to be delivered. The demonstration of the gospel God preached was more than enough to atone for the sins of man. When Jesus said, “It is finished.” It was finished forever, and no one or no thing would ever again have to suffer as God did on that day and the three days following. When God concluded His work it was completed forever. Now all man has to do is believe it, accept it, and live it, to join Him in eternity enjoying their rightful inheritance as children of the Most High God. DThrash