Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
Our planet has been visited by beings from beyond our universe—not by creatures from outer space, but by saints and angels, and even the triune God himself.
One time, the visitor came in the form of a dove and lighted upon Jesus as he was walking out of the river of his baptism. As the Spirit-dove landed upon the God-man, the voice of the Father said, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
There have been other visitors who have come to this earth, though it is not their home. People of God (saints) coming back from the dead to appear on earth is not common. We know only of two who did this. When Moses appeared at the transfiguration of Jesus, he had been dead for thousands of years. Elijah is a different story. He also left our planet long before Jesus walked the earth. But Elijah skipped the dying part and was transported to heaven by what appeared to be a chariot and horses on fire.
Saint Mark reports that these two heroes of faith once stopped in to talk with Jesus in plain sight of three disciples.
Science fiction cannot match the amazing realities that the Word of God reveals. We are not alone on this planet. We have been visited by people who have passed on from this life. We continue to be visited by beings much more advanced than we, who come from a place no telescope can see and no spacecraft can reach. It’s called heaven. They are angels, God’s created messengers to watch over us and serve us in this life and the next.
Our tiny minds grasp neither the greatness of God nor the wonders of his creation. Even though modern technology allows us to see things our forefathers never imagined; even though we are startled by the size and power and complexity of the universe we live in; many still believe that life is finite. Humans still want to think that if our minds cannot comprehend it, it cannot be. We still tend to fear that physical death ends life.
How silly! How the angels must laugh at our foolish conclusions! How sad they must be to see people refuse to admit to the presence and power of the creator God! How tragic the rejection of his plans!
He is there, and he is not silent! He calls out to us in his Word! He reveals himself in the wonders of his creation. He has sent his ambassadors to warn us of dangers, and offer hope and life.
He has sent his Son to rescue us. That’s what Moses and Elijah came to that hilltop to talk about with Jesus when the Father’s voice echoed once more, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
We look in at the scene in wonder. That says something about us and our future. One day we will join those saints and angels in their homeland.
We will come there to stay. We will not be mere visitors.
Beautiful Savior, make me yours, that I may follow you all the way home. Amen.