He saw it all. Thirty plus years later the apostle Peter remembers the day he saw the Lord’s glory.
“Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory.
This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased.
And this voice which came from heaven
when we were with him in the holy mount.”
2 Peter 1:14-18
Peter saw Christ’s glory on the mount of transfiguration when He stood with Moses and Elijah. He saw it again after the resurrection and writes of the hope and strength it provided him in suffering and provides for us now. His resurrection is the source of our living hope – our own resurrection and our inheritance .
The resurrected Christ is the reason we can –
- “greatly rejoice,
- though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
- that the trial of your faith,
- being much more precious than of gold that perisheth,
- though it be tried with fire,
- might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” 1 Peter 1:6-7
He is our example of overcoming faith in our time of trial.
“For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example,
that ye should follow his steps:
Who did no sin,
neither was guile found in his mouth.”
Jesus has gone before us and He leads us in and through our trials.
He is –
“the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:25
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that with with young.”
- “My sheep hear my voice,and
- I know them
- and they follow me:
- And I give unto them eternal life;
- and they shall never perish,
- neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10:27, 28.
The apostle Peter writes to followers of Christ out of a heart secure in eternal hope while facing his own imminent death – death tradition tells us came as he hung upside down on a cross – or as he would call it a tree.
Jesus is the one –
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins
should life unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
He writes to us of the One he loves and we have yet to see. He gives us hope for strength when we face suffering, for the One he loves is the same One we love.
His name is Jesus.
“Whom having not seen,
in whom, though now ye see him not,
ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith,
even the salvation of your souls.”
1 Peter 1:8,9.
We have received of the love of Christ wherewith we return that love and shall receive the end of our faith – the salvation of our souls. We haven’t seen him yet, but we will – all will. Those who love his appearing will rejoice and receive of his glory.
“And when the chief Shepherd shall appear,
ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”
1 Peter 5:4.
While we wait may we continue to –
“grow in grace, and in the knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
2 Peter 3: 18.