Why – Three Persons?
“He took Peter, John and James and went up on the mountain to pray” (Luke 9:28).
The Scripture does not clarify why Jesus had chosen only three disciples to accompany Him to the Mount of Transfiguration when they were twelve in number. There is a probability that the other nine disciples would have struggled a little in climbing the hill and would have come out with some lame excuses and Jesus did not wish to force them to come with Him. Thus they were unable to enjoy the transfiguration experience.
When Abraham went to Mount Moriah, Isaac and two other servants accompanied him. The two servants stayed back at the foot of the mountain. Since they did not go to the top of the mountain, they could not see the Lord speaking to Abraham and preparing the lamb instead of Isaac.
During the days of Elijah, although there were many sons of prophets in Jericho, they did not do great things for the Lord as Elijah did. They also did not follow Elijah. Thus they did not witness Elijah being taken up into heaven along with the chariots of fire and the horses (II Kings 2:16).
Even today, though Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father” (John 14:12), many of the believers do not have such an interest. They stayed to be mere observers and did not look like partners doing great things with Jesus.
A football match is in progress and the players are playing vigorously. They also carry the victory trophy. But several lakhs of people assemble there to watch the match. They remain to be mere spectators at the stadium and so they do not win anything or hold any trophy in their hands.
In this time of the anointing latter rain, when the Lord pours His Spirit on all the people, only a few are able to prophesise. They alone witness the dreams and visions and raise as servants of God. For the Lord, they perform great things. It is not enough for you to stay as an ordinary man. You have to rise for the Lord and shine.
If you come forward like Isaiah who said "Here I am, send me” God will fill you with His anointment and will shake many nations through you. The gifts and fruits of the Spirit are kept for you. To prove that "the Lord is God," you need the gifts of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are necessary for you to be with Christ’s nature.
To meditate: “Then Joshua spoke to the Lord ....and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon” (Joshua 10:12).