And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
There was a country song played during an old friend’s funeral I served at a few years ago.
Go rest high on that mountain
Son, you work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and Son
Go rest high written and sung by Vince Gill kept running through my head tonight while I was writing the meditation for this upcoming Transfiguration Sunday. That Sunday when we remember Peter, James and John high up on that mountain with Jesus revealed in all of His glory from eternity and Peter cries out, “Lord it is good that we are here!”
Until that day the Lord calls us to His rest high upon His mountain, we still live and serve by His grace in the valley down below. But what a grace God has given us that we are not left alone in the valley but our Savior Jesus lifts us up in His arms, upon His cross and gives us those moments and days of rest and renewal from our weary work. It is God himself who lifts us up from the valley.
But in this life, we can’t stay on that mountain, there is still work to be done. But if we try to do that work alone, apart from the grace of God that lifts us up, all we’ll do is get lower and lower. Don’t take yourself away from the Lord but be in those places where God Himself lifts you up in His grace and strengthens your heart and hands for the work ahead. Until the day we go to heaven a shoutin’ with the Father and the Son.