“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” ~ Matthew 17:5
Right in the middle of Jesus’ ministry on earth we find the mysterious account of the transfiguration. Jesus took a couple of his disciples on top of a mountain, and he literally changed before their eyes. The man who walked up the mountain with them was now literally glowing with the glory of God. Oh, and Moses and Elijah were there.
This scene shows Jesus as being exactly who he said he was. He was the Messiah, the son of God, and the fulfillment of all God’s promises to his people through Moses and prophets such as Elijah.
But the story didn’t end there. Next the disciples literally heard the voice of God, saying “This is my Son. Listen to him!” While Jesus is the culmination of all God’s promises in the Old Testament, he also made some incredible promises of his own. God the Father told us to listen to those promises.
Jesus said so many incredible things during his time on earth. He said that if we seek him we will find him. He said that his sheep will know his voice. He said that eternal life was all about knowing God. He promised an abundant life to those who followed him. He even said that we would be able to do everything he did and more.
We need to listen to him.
So much of our prayer time is filled with our own talking. But God made it clear in his Word that we need to devote time to listening as well. That involves spending time in the Bible, soaking in all those promises of the Old Testament and the promises of Jesus in the Gospels. That also involves the kind of prayer where we get quiet before God and just listen. We need to learn what his voice sounds like. Then we need to listen to him.