“Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is My Son, Whom I love. Listen to Him!”
As Mark continues to lead his readers into an understanding of the steps by which the Lord Jesus Christ led His followers into real discipleship he brings us to his description of the transfiguration. The more I examine this text in each of the three Gospels in which it appears the more I am convinced that it is the event that best describes the Kingdom of God coming in power which Jesus states that some of His followers will see before their death. It may also be one of the events which John is referring to when he writes that, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) On the mount of transfiguration the disciples saw the Majestic Glory of God descending upon Jesus, and they heard the Father speaking about Him. So many things are of great significance here, but I want to focus upon just one today.
This is the command of God for these disciples, and one would presume us as well, to listen to Jesus. The grammar here supports a translation that would call us not just to hear Him but to listen obediently. It is God’s command that we listen obediently to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to be doing this constantly in the present. In 2 Peter 1:12ff the Apostle tells us that this was his understanding of the significance of the transfiguration. They may have seen a wonderful and powerful vision but what they heard was a command to listen to the word of the Lord. Peter’s doctrine of the Scriptures seems to come out of this experience. He has heard from the author of Scripture that he must listen to God’s word through the Prophets. Now that word is being spoken by the Son of God. It must be listened to obediently.
Surely this is the meaning behind the introduction to the book of Hebrews where we read, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) It is interesting that Hebrews follows this introduction with a repeated call for us to not harden our hearts when we hear His voice. Here is another call to obedient listening. How much would our world be changed if we truly listened to the Lord with hearts and minds which are committed to the obedience of faith?