The two greatest life-changing words ever!
"... Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith ..."
"A voice came out of the cloud, saying,
'This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased.
These two life-changing words were spoken when Jesus took Peter, James and John up "on a high mountain" to pray (Matthew 17'1-8, Mark 9'2-8, Luke 9'28-36). Little did they know what they were about to experience.
Frequently the Lord's Disciples saw great things take place and heard great words spoken as they travelled around Israel with Him.
But on this occasion the absolute importance of the things that they had been hearing was about to be dramatically emphasised.
To their amazement, the Lord was "transfigured" so as to radiate dazzingly in front of them. Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Him and a bright cloud began to descend.
The three men were startled.
Nevertheless, Peter thought that something should be said. He began saying the first thing that came to him.
But almost like a reaction, "a voice came out of the cloud" (Matthew 17'1-8).
It was the voice of the Father. He declared: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased". Then He added these two crucial words: "Hear Him!”.
It was not the first time this command had been heard, It had first been foreshadowed by Moses. And the Israelite people of the first century knew his words well:
"The Lord said to me: ... ‘I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren and will put my words in His mouth and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
And it shall be that whoever will not hear my words, which He speaks in my name, I will require it of him’”, Deuteronomy 18’17-19.
Following Pentecost Peter reminded them of these words, saying that Moses' prophecy had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ of Nazareth :
"For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.
And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people'.
To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities’," Acts 3'22-23.
And Stephen, on the day he was stoned to death, also pointed back to Moses' words when he challenged the murderous Jews confronting him:
"This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear',” Acts 7'37.