Our everyday Jesus
Mat 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Mat 4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
For these Jewish men it was amazing to see Jesus on the same plain as Moses, the preeminent law-giver, and Elias (Elijah) the preeminent prophet, this was a big revelation to them. They knew Christ was something special in their day, because they were with Him every day, but talking to these two put him even higher in their minds. They realized that their everyday Jesus was very important to be talking with Moses and Elijah.
Mat 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
God the Father, interrupted Peter and exalted Jesus and did not even acknowledge Moses or Elijah. Jesus did not need man to build Him a tabernacle, God has exalted His Son! Philippian 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Mat 17:6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
When we see Jesus for Who He is, we will not struggle to fear God, it will overcome us. Our everyday Jesus is more than we know, or understand. We so often want to meet with Jesus and then build a a tabernacle (a place of remeberance) and go on with our life. But God says that we are to go with Him and hear Him! Worship is not just remembering, it is a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Your religion is as cold and dead as a museum when you are not hearing the Saviour!
Mat 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
The fear of the Lord is not crippling. It is overwhelming to our carnal senses, but we can arise and walk with Christ in His strength.
Mat 17:8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
They came back down with their everyday Jesus. He is somewhat like us, only not, he is the Son of God! He walks with us, but only out of love, not sameness. You and I may walk together, but it is becasue we are cut out of the same cloth. There is nothing everyday about Jesus except His constisency.
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. 13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.