Our Scripture readings, this morning, are in Exodus and Matthew 17. Moses is coming down, off a mountain, with a face "glowing" because he has been talking to God (34:29). Jesus is taking three Disciples up on a mountain with him. They witness Jesus talking to God and Moses (the Law) and Elijah (the Prophets). Then the Disciples hear "a voice from the cloud" saying "this is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" (17:5 emphasis mine) Just like "in the boat," last week, the Disciples are "terrified" (vs 6) and Jesus comes to them.
All of which, this week, has been reminding me of a song we sang 'way back when' in college. "Have you seen Jesus my Lord?" The song refers to the oceans, the family, and "hes's here in plain view." Yes, standing at the ocean, snorkeling IN the ocean, being with family (especially in worship) it is easy to say "he's here in plain view." Jesus had finished telling the Disciples, that week, what was coming up in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:21) and following Jesus would not be easy (Matthew 16:24&25) when "6 days later" he takes the three with him (17:1). God is reminding them, and us, to "LISTEN!" (17:5 emphasis mine).
So....... when we have seen Jesus can other people tell it? Do we talk about it? The people could tell Moses had been talking to God. Peter, James and John shared what they had seen and heard "on the mountain." They all shared, Moses, James, Peter and John, about how they knew God was with them through the various trials and difficulties. Do we?
"Have you seen Jesus my Lord?" Have you heard Him? He IS here in plain view - the hurt, the arguments, the snow(!), the ocean, the changes happening and the family.