The account of the Transfiguration is written in Matthew 17 and Mark 9. It says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up into a high mountain and there Christ, Moses and Elijah appeared in their spiritual bodies conversing.
It’s recorded that Peter asked Jesus if he would make three tabernacles; one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah. Suddenly a cloud overshadowed them and a voice came out of the cloud saying, “This is my beloved Son; hear him.”
A tabernacle, in Hebrew, is a temporary shelter or tent, but it is also a shrine and or place of worship, a temple, a canopy or portable sanctuary; our human bodies are also referred to as tabernacles.
When Peter suggested building such a thing for each of the celestial bodied individuals, God set things straight, “This is my beloved Son; hear him.” God’s brief and terse words clearly warn that Jesus is His beloved Son, and for us to hear or listen to him alone, and not to be elevating Moses, Elijah or anyone else to Jesus’ level or position.
So what do we do with God’s caveat but ignore it? We continue to pay great tribute and reverence with respect to poor, pitiful men. We venerate and adore, paying homage and deifying mere human beings; we build “tabernacles” to vain flesh and give honor and credence to words other than Christ’s words alone. What do we do with the truth we’re given but reject it, and what do we get for our error but folly and disappointment?
The gospel is easy and lovely — the grace of God is Christ Jesus. It is His word, His life, His cross, His empty tomb and sovereign throne — no one, nothing else — His gift alone.
What do we do with His gift?
William Van Amber Fields