As the men (Moses and Elijah) were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) (Luke 9:33)
Billy Graham’s grandmother had been chronically ill. One day her bedroom filled with light and she said she saw Jesus with His arms stretched toward her, her husband, Ben, who had already passed, and angels. Then, she slumped over and died. God also showed Colton Burpo heaven while he was having emergency surgery. Many have stories of going to heaven and returning to earth. Everyone with that story says they didn’t want to come back.
I’m sure there aren’t words to describe the glory of God that Peter, James, and John witnessed. Peter offered to put up three shelters because he didn’t want the spiritual intimacy to end. As Peter, James, and John are the three Jesus is closest to on earth, Moses and Elijah are probably within His inner circle in heaven. They came to encourage Jesus on His journey to the cross. Peter didn’t know what he was saying when he offered Jesus, Moses, and Elijah lodging on earth. The Bible says we will have mansions in heaven and no tears will be shed. Probably Moses and Elijah can’t return to earth, but even if they could, I’m sure they wouldn’t want to.
Dearest Heavenly Father, thank you for the glimpse into the spiritual world that is free of darkness and for the hope of eternal life in heaven. Help me to reflect Your light on earth. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.