"And [Jesus] was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light." (Matthew 17:2; ESV)
What a sight!!! The Jesus that they had been walking around with did not look the same. That night, Peter, James and John saw Jesus in an absolutely amazing new way. Peter was so terrified that he offered to build three shelters because of what he witnessed (one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah). He just kept talking about it because he was too uncomfortable to keep quiet. But then the Father interrupted Peter's offer with these words:
"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."
In other words: "You know this Jesus that you have been walking around for months? You know this Jesus that you seem to have gotten a little bit used to, being that you couldn't stay awake and pray? You see this Jesus with his face shining like the sun? THAT'S MY BOY!!!! So do me a favor, Peter: be quiet and listen. He has some things that you really need to hear"
Have you gotten used to Jesus? Has he become a regular attender in your life rather than the Almighty God in total control of all of life? Is the Jesus that you hang with the tame and mild one in the Jesus pictures we are so used to seeing, or is he the God who measures the universe with the span of his hand and who spoke light into being merely be speaking the word, "Light"?
There is a need for us to go with Jesus to a quiet spot in order that he can reveal himself to us again in a way that will leave us with weak and knocking knees, and with an inability to speak because we are in complete and total awe at just the sight of our Savior. And the benefit about not being able to speak is that we are finally able to truly listen.