In our second lesson, Peter reports, "When we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty." Eyewitnesses - that is how the word of Jesus was spread - through eyewitness accounts of what Jesus said and what he did. "Up on the mountain we saw his glory, we heard the voice of God, and we saw Moses and Elijah."
Mountains were often where people went to experience God. I remember climbing the Lost Mine Trail in the Chisos mountains in Big Bend. When we reached the top, there was an amazing view of the hills and valleys below reaching on to the mountains over the border in Mexico. We got to experience a little bit of the view that God has. Maybe it is the rarified air of the high mountains, but there is truly an experience of God as we begin to understand how great he is, and how insignificant we are. And we begin to understand how blessed we are to have been given that glimpse of his glorious creation. You may not have been to a high mountain, but those of us who have, can share that experience through retelling the story just and Peter and James and John. God's glory was not just seen, but experienced, and the tale was retold over and over so that others might come be believe.