Fulfilling God's Plan
And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. ~Luke 9:28-31~
The glorious appearance of Moses and Elijah happens while Jesus is praying. Their mission appears to be one of affirmation. They are there to reinforce Jesus' conviction that he must go to Jerusalem and face rejection and death. This was not a new plan, however, but was the fulfillment of something God had planned much earlier. Jesus is not delusional. Jesus does not have a death wish. Jesus is not blindly ambitious and unaware of what awaits him. Jesus is headed to Jerusalem to do the will of God and fulfill the promises God had made over the centuries through his prophets. Jesus is the great reminder that God keeps his promises!
Father, thank you for your constant faithfulness to your promises. I am not used to people who scrupulously keep their word. Thank you for setting such a clear standard. Help me remember your faithfulness in those times when my life is hard and things are not going well. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.