Scripture: 2 Peter 1:16-18
16For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.
Peter affirms that they were not making up their message about Jesus. They were eyewitnesses to his majesty.
The saw and they heard the honour and glory from God the Father on the mountain when He announced his love, relationship, and delight.
The human experience is by design one in which we discover the most about us from those who speak into our lives. This is why rejection is so powerful. This is why announcements of love are so powerful. Some forms of spirituality reject this reality by determining to find meaning only within oneself. But we were designed to hear the deepest truth about ourselves from outside of ourselves. Our identity in Christ Jesus is restored through the Gospel so that we know, “I am loved.”
We pay lots of attention at weddings and movies to declarations of love. For the Disciples these were words of divine affirmation and love overheard between the Heavenly Father and Jesus: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Peter wants His readers to have confidence in the Gospel message: Jesus is who he says He is, and He is uniquely qualified to announce the Father’s love to us.
Heavenly Father, In this moment I am trusting you and your Son. But in other moments I lose my mind and am not so aware of my true identity. Fill me with your Spirit. May the greatness of Jesus be seen through my weakness. May you cause my confidence in the Gospel to grow. AMEN.