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.
Jesus took Peter, James and John up "on a high mountain" to pray. Little did they know what they were about to experience. (Matthew 17'1-8, Mark 9'2-8, Luke 9'28-36).
The Lord's Disciples saw great things take place and heard great words spoken as they travelled around Israel with Him.
But this occasion stunned and scared them. They could not know that the absolute centrality of Jesus in their lives was about to be dramatically emphasised.
First of all, to their amazement, the Lord was "transfigured" before their eyes, radiating dazzingly. Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Him. Also a bright cloud began to descend on them.
Then Peter did as Peter was known to do - say something. So he began saying the first thing that came into his head.
But, almost like a reaction to what he said, "a voice came out of the cloud" (Matthew 17'1-8) declaring: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased".
Obviously, it was the Father speaking. And the Father added the two most crucial words any Believer could hear: "Hear Him!”.
But it was not the first time that words like this command had been given. Moses had foreshadowed it. And the Israelite people of the first century must have been aware of Moses' words:
"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 also, on the day he was stoned to death, 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.