8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
11 And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”
Seeing Elijah and John the Baptist right alongside of Jesus must have been pretty amazing. I sense God showing me how other figures quickly fade away until no one is left except Jesus (v.8).
Like the disciples, I am so fascinated by the appearance of religious “superstars”, that I forget that Jesus is the only one that matters. Jesus wants me to reflect on the significance of His presence before I share it with others.
True, Elijah has come and gone and has served his purpose, but Jesus has suffered and been rejected”—Why? What am I to do with this amazing truth?
God is reminding me that all other purposes fade when compared to the significance of the cross. Father is asking me to remember that Jesus’ sacrifice is no small deal but the greatest act of love ever done for me. God is asking me to see no one else today except Jesus.
Teach me to listen to Your voice alone. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
Shawn Robinson, Pastor
Clayton Community Church – Clayton