"This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" (Luke 9:35 NRSV)

The important thing is the quality of the change that takes place in our lives. While Peter is speaking to Jesus about building dwellings and staying on the mountain, a bright cloud overshadows them. Suddenly, they hear a voice speaking from the cloud. "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him."

There on the high mountain Peter and the other disciples hear the voice of God confirming that Jesus is indeed "the Son of the living God." The voice challenges them to "listen to him." This would be a transforming moment for Peter. Years later, when he is one of the great Apostles, he will retell his experience on the high mountain with Jesus. In the book of II Peter we find his words: "We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain."

Much more would happen to Jesus and the disciples. I would like to believe that as a result of this incident Peter and the other disciples would be forever changed. This was the decisive, transforming moment in their life. When we meet Jesus and accept the challenge to become modern day disciples, our lives are changed or transformed too.

Loving God, may I be a faithful disciple in serving your people today. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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