Summary: On the Mount of Transfiguration Peter said "It is good for us to be here". He misunderstood, but he was so right!
It Is Good For Us To Be Here Matthew 17:1-8
Long ago David rejoiced to worship God. “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
(Psalm 122:1, KJV).
Thom Rainer asked ministers in a poll what excuses they had heard from people who choose not to attend church.
*“We were out of peanut butter.”
*“I was too drunk, so I went soul winning with my dog, Rambo.” I hope Rambo was sober.
*“Both of my girlfriends attend church there.”
*“The pastor is too attractive. When I see him preaching, I have impure thoughts, and I am distracted.”
*“My wife cooked bacon for breakfast, and our entire family smelled like bacon.” Bacon aroma is always welcome!
Wherever we are when we are in His presence, it is good to be here:
-In Worship, in the Word, in Prayer - Christian, it’s everywhere all the time.
- Jesus has promised to be among us.
- We love Jesus and desire to lift up his name.
Three Gospels tell an amazing story about James, John, and Peter going up on a mountain with Jesus.
Peter said, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.” He misunderstood why, but it was still true.
It is good for us to be in His presence in worship! It is good for us to be here! Amen!
1. TO PREPARE FOR WHAT IS AHEAD
Six days Prior: Matthew 16:21-26
The disciples needed the strength to make it through the days that were coming at Calvary and beyond.
The Transfiguration was a demonstration of the power and strength of Jesus. “It’s as if a curtain were pulled back so that the disciples could see Christ’s glory in a greater way.” (Platt)
The storms of life can cause us to lose faith and courage. Jesus wants us to be prepared for what is ahead.
It is good for us to be here! Amen!
2. TO LISTEN TO THE MASTER
The strength of the disciples was listening to Jesus. The voice of the Father from heaven said, Listen to Him! Beyond their own notions about what was going to happen, their traditions, their hopes - Jesus is above all of that. Does Peter want to remain on the Mountaintop with Moses, Elijah and Jesus?
This is true for us today as well. Jesus is more important our own traditions, hopes. Jesus calls us forward … onward … toward Heaven. Today we listen to him by reading our Bibles. We might like God to show up in his glory in our backyard, but we need to pay close attention to the Word we have! It is good for us to here! Amen!
3. TO REMEMBER GOD IS REAL
The disciples were about to face one of the most traumatic events of their lives: they would see Jesus arrested, and beaten and crucified. They needed God to step in and gives them a big reminder that there is more going on than meets the eye.
Moses, Elijah, and Jesus have a little chat about what God is going to do in Jerusalem through Jesus. (Luke 9:30-31) This moment served as a reminder to the disciples that GOD IS REAL!
We must also pay attention to our own faith - God is Real. We can be prayer-less, full of anxiety, despairing, looking to created things to bring us life, angry at being wronged or not appreciated, frustrated, lacking faith, etc. We can be living AS IF GOD IS NOT. Despite what events happen in this world, Jesus is still in his glory, seated at the right hand of our Father, and he is moving everything forward to accomplish his purposes.
Live AS IF GOD IS. It is good for us to be here! Amen!
4. TO BE ASSURED OF ETERNITY
This world is not our final home. Jesus is in the presence of Moses and Elijah. Moses is the liberator of the Jews. He brought the law to the people. Elijah is powerful, dramatic prophet, demonstrating God’s power and authority time and again. In this moment, Peter suggests building three tabernacles
The voice of Heaven elevates Jesus above Moses and Elijah. There is room for only one tabernacle. The transfiguration of Jesus reminds us of the eternal life ahead for us. Now, this world is fallen. We face disease, death. We live in the throes of sin and feel the effects of it daily. We sin and we are sinned against. There is pain and suffering and sorrow. One day, there will be no more, and we have hope because of this truth. It is good for us to be here! Amen!
Later Peter would reflect on this moment. (2 Peter 1:16-21)
It is good for us to be here - not just at church - but in the presence of Jesus who rules our lives. Prepares us for what is ahead. Teaches us to Listen to Jesus. Reminds us that God is real. Informs our faith in an Eternal life.