“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Matthew 17:1-8: The Voice of the Father

3.3 The Voice of the Father

After Moses and Elijah’s appearance and immediately prior to the Father’s exclamation, Peter expresses a desire to remain on the mountaintop, most likely in order to savor the glory and power of Jesus’ transformation (“it is good that we are here”), as well as the presence of Moses and Elijah. Perhaps Peter thought that the time of the kingdom had fully arrived (Davies and Allison 700); if so, he had forgotten Christ’s announcement of the cross. The Father then interrupts Peter (“He was still speaking…”), expresses his love for Jesus, and says, “listen to him!”...

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