Forever Changed by His Glory

January 17 
 
What was the reason that Jesus came to earth? Jesus came to earth to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). When Jesus was being questioned by Pilate as to whether or not He was a king Jesus said “you say correctly that I am a king for this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). Part of the plan of God is that Jesus would have to suffer at the hands of men to result in our salvation. Remember John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
 
This instance in Scripture, in Matthew 17, is an instance where three disciples got the opportunity to see Christ in His glory.
You see Peter, James and John were forever changed by this specific event. They got to behold His glorified state at Resurrection but here they got a glimpse of just how full of Glory He is. This forever changed them. Think about the two men that are the most famous Apostles – Peter and John. Peter, because he is Peter, he is the one who always put his foot in his mouth. He was the loudmouth. Peter is the one who denied Christ as was restored by Christ. Peter was the first to preach the Gospel after the Holy Spirit had come down. Peter is the one who is pictured as having a deep love and devotion for Jesus. Peter wrote 1 & 2 Peter. Peter wrote of this event when he wrote:

“For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”– and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain” (2 Peter 1:16-18).

He was forever changed by the Glory of God.