"But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him." (Luke 9:32)
The life that we live for Jesus is an exhausting lifestyle. Ministering to other people is a task that never gets done. You can't just 'punch the clock', and go home. The work is never done.
Jesus has ascended a mountain, and has brought with Him Peter, James and John. His disciples are exhausted, and fall asleep almost immediately after they arrive. They must have been bone-tired.
Jesus kneels down, and begins to pray. As Jesus prays, He is transfigured. What that means is this, He is glorified, having His appearance to become bright like light itself! His clothes are even changed, and shine like the sun.
Then two men appear to Him, and they talk with Jesus about His death on the cross. The two men are Moses and Elijah, heroes of the Jewish faith. They, too, are in a glorious state of appearance.
The disciples almost slept through the whole thing. Even when exhausted, we must stay alert, lest we miss an opportunity, or an experience, with the Lord.
Many wonder, "Will we know one another in heaven?" Peter had never seen Moses or Elijah, yet he knew who they were!
Peter became so excited over what he saw, he said, "...it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said." (v.33)
'Hero worship' is a real temptation, but only one is worthy of our worship! "While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him." (v. 34-35)
God told Peter, only worship Jesus!
Many are turned away by the rigorous demands of the Christian life. It is demanding, and exhausting. The work of ministering to others is never-ending.
But, try to keep up, and stay vigilant, for you may miss something glorious. Many wonderful and spectacular experiences await the alert follower of the Lord.
And while we admire others for the work that they have done, and for what they may have accomplished, always remember that only one is worthy of our worship.
Never forget that Jesus is the only begotten of the Father, and is His "beloved Son".
From my heart to your heart.