How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! Isaiah 52:7
What “mountain-top experience” have you had with God that has been life changing for you? According to Word@work “Mountains often had a significant role in God’s dealings with His people. In the English language we have the expression “mountain-top experience”. This expression has originated from the Bible because of the dealings God had with His people on various “mountain-tops”. So, the phrase has come to mean a moment of transcendence – or epiphany; and in particular an experience of significant revelation given by God.”
Peter may have had many in his lifetime but one he refers to in 2 Peter 1 was the “mountain-top experience” he had with the Lord Jesus on what has become known at the “mount of transfiguration.” Peter, James and John were all three together with Jesus as the set up to the top of the mountain where Jesus encountered the Father in a moment like nonother. A transfiguration took place as Jesus began to glow from the Fathers glory that even His glaze became sparkling white. And, in that same moment Jesus was accompany by Moses and Elijah. Awestruck, Peter offered to build a shelter for each of them when God’s voice boomed down from Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased! Listen to Him!
I don’t know that even to most well trained, most devout scholar has any real idea as to what all of that was about and what it all meant, but it nevertheless made an important on Peter he would never forget. As I read Peter’s writings it’s hard to believe that he was that same rugged fisherman that Jesus found by the waters edge. “Rough as a cob” as we would say here in Eastern NC, and yet God so changed and transformed his life through the Gospel of Grace. And, as a result of the Gospel Peter becomes a bearor of this Good News to so many in his lifetime and so many more through his writing.
Today, take a moment and reflect on that “mountain-top experience” you’ve had with the Lord that He has used to transform you and then let Him use you to share that Good News with others.