While He was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him. Listen to Him!
Matthew 17:5 (HCSB)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
Only days before Christ’s spectacular transfiguration.. where the majesty of His holiness and the brightness of His glory shone out from the Lord Jesus on that holy mount, we discover Him telling His followers that a day was fast approaching when He would come in His Father’s glory to set up His promised kingdom. It was as He was teaching this important truth that Christ added that.. some who were standing amongst them would not die until they had seen the Son of Man coming in the glory of His kingdom.
It was only the inner circle of three of His chosen apostles who witnessed Christ’s transforming change, when the radiance of His glory was witnessed by Peter, James and John and His face glowed with the brilliance of His glory and His garments became as white as pure light.
It was while the Lord Jesus was speaking with Moses and Elijah, who were conversing with Him about His fast approaching sacrificial death at Calvary and His own “exodus’ from this life into His resurrected glory that: suddenly a bright cloud covered them.. and the three astonished observers heard the Voice of the almighty God of Israel – the Creator of heaven and earth saying: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him. Listen to Him was the heavenly command.. and keep on listening to Him was `God’s clear direction… to the three disciples on the holy mount; to us and to all who are looking for His any day return.
The promise of Christ’s return still stands today and the solemn instruction to “HEAR HIM” and to keep on listening to His voice and reading His Word remains as important as ever, for the days is at hand when Christ will indeed return to set up His millennial rule on earth and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords – but first the trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ will rise first and then we that are alive and remain.. will be caught up together with them in the clouds to be with Lord forever..
Let us be diligent to listen to all He says and to apply it to our lives – and let us comfort one another with the truth of the glorious Gospel of grace knowing that Christ died for our sin and rose again so that whosever believes on HIM will not perish but have everlasting life.
Heavenly Father, we praise and thank You for the truth of Your word and thank You that Christ set aside the glory of His majesty to be born into this world – to live a perfect life and to die a sacrificial death so that by faith in Him I might be saved. I stand in awe and wonder that Christ should strip Himself of His heavenly glory for love of me – thank You, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN