And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here…
I. THEY HAD A VISION OF CHRIST'S DIVINITY. Not His distinct, unveiled Godhead — that would have been an insufferable blaze that Jehovah Himself hath told us can no man look upon and live. On the form of a servant He wears His coronation robes, and is at one and the same time a mystery and a revelation — God manifest in the flesh! What an honour and a privilege was this!
II. THEY HAD A VISION OF GLORIFIED SAINTS. Thou too, my friend, for good or ill, will live on through all the ages. Not only men, but retaining their individuality, in form and feature as in the days of their flesh.
III. THEY HAD A VISION OF THE FATHER'S PRESENCE. There came a cloud and overshadowed them; not an ordinary cloud, but the bright Shekinah-cloud, in which Jehovah did ever manifest His presence — the medium through which He ever made His communications to a favoured few.
IV. THEY SAW A VISION OF JESUS ONLY. This, I think, was the chief end and aim of this great event.
(J. J. Wray.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, 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.
WEB: It happened, as they were parting from him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let's make three tents: one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah," not knowing what he said.