Matthew 17:7-9. “And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.”
I believe that Jesus was tender and compassionate when He came to the three disciples, touched them, told them to get up, told they they had nothing to fear. He understood their confusion. He knew they still didn’t really comprehend what lay before Him, and before them as well.
What I really love about this passage is that when they lifted their eyes, they saw no one, save Jesus only. I could write for a long time just on those two words. Jesus only. How often do we lift our eyes and see nothing but problems, nothing but misery, nothing but self. How we need to open our eye to see Jesus only, and to focus on Him; to allow Him to fill our vision so that everything else becomes unimportant.
As they walked down the mountainside, Jesus warned them to keep what they had seen to themselves until after He was risen from death. I can only imagine the sideways glances they must have given each other, not understanding the fullness of what they had just seen; not understanding why Jesus kept referring to Jerusalem and His coming trials there, and of His resurrection and return to the Father.
They weren’t slow-witted. They just didn’t have the whole picture. We do have the whole picture, and yet how many of us were slow in coming to Christ, or in understanding all that He has for us and requires of us?