When Peter, James, and John go up on the mountain with Jesus, they are witness to the transfiguration of Jesus and the appearance of Moses and Elijah. They are caught up in the miracle happening around them, and Peter, who can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble, blurts out an offer to make tents for the everyone. He gets caught up in the moment and makes it about himself, not about Jesus. It literally takes the voice of God to set things straight when he says, “This is my son. Listen to HIM.” So often we, like Peter, make things about ourselves, not about Jesus. In fact, Jesus doesn’t come to save ME, he came to offer himself on our behalves – to take on our sin. Jesus came and died for us so we can be a part of what HE is doing, not so Jesus can be a part of what WE are doing. We, like Peter, are charged to listen to HIM.
Based on Mark 9:2-10.