In 2 Peter 1; 18 -21 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19 We also have the prophetic message as something totally reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The Believer Commentary wrote, “OT symbolized the presence of God. The scene was a; 1-5preview of what the Lord Jesus will be like when He comes back to set up His kingdom. He will no longer appear as the sacrificial Lamb but as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. All who see Him will recognize Him immediately as God the Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Jesus suffering and dying on the cross, or his giving his spirit up was the reason He sent to earth to glorify his Father as state in scripture. Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop. Furthermore it states,“ Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” Throughout Jesus ministry he often would state these words,” My hour has not come, yet He revealed to His disciples, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
While in the Garden of Gethsemane revealed to disciples,
“The hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.” Yet, this was reason why He came to sacrifice himself on the cross to bring glorify to His Father and Himself. John Calvin wrote,” For in the cross of Christ, as in a splendor theater, the incomparable goodness of God is set before the whole world. The glory of God shining, indeed, in all creatures on high and below, but never brightly then in the cross.”
If it be objected that nothing could be less glorious Christ’s death. I reply so that death we see a boundless glory that is concealed from the ungodly.”
The Bible states, “ But God demonstrates his love to us will we were yet sinner Christ died for us.” Furthermore scripture state, “ God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness.”
Yet to the ungodly it is consider the most shame way of dying, however, to the Christian we’re thankful for that Jesus took our place. John Stott penned these words,’it was above all to be seen in his present weakness, is the self humiliation of incarnation. The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.” Furthermore he wrote,” The self- humiliation of the Son of God, which began in the incarnation, culminated in his death. Yet in that very abasement of himself he was lifted up not just physically on the cross, but spiritually exalted before the eyes of the world. Indeed, he was glorified.”
John Stott wrote,” by giving himself in Christ to bear our sin and condemnation He restored our human relationship with His Father. The Jesus stated; “I tell you, in the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.
Westminster Catechism asks and answer this question;
What is the chief end of man?
Answer. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Here are two ends of life specified. 1. The glorifying of God. 2. The enjoying of God.
First. The glorifying of God, 1 Pet. 4:11. “That God in all things may be glorified.” The glory of God is a silver thread that must run through all our actions. l Cor. 10:31. “Whether; therefore, ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Everything works to some end in things natural and artificial; now, man being a rational creature, must propose some end to himself, and who should be, that he may lift up God in the world. He had better lose his life than the end of his living. The great truth asserted is that the end of every man’s living should be to glorify God. Glorifying God has respect to all the persons in the Trinity; it respects God the Father who gave us life; God the Son who lost his life for us; and God the Holy Ghost that produces a new life in us; we must bring glory to the whole Trinity.
Peter, James, and John experience a taste of heaven; however, Jesus had to die on Calgary Cross to redeemed us from our sins, before experiencing His full glory and the disciples needed to proclaim the gospel first. Remember Jesus gave them the great commission found in Matthew 28; 16- 20 and Acts 1; 8. That being said all Christians should experience a taste of heaven or enjoy the mountain top so we able to cope during the valley times. In verse 9 it stated, 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” Remember The apostle Paul had a taste Of Heaven found in 2 Corinthians 12; 1-5. Yet, he needed to dwell on earth because there much work that needed to done.
Yet another glory was found in the cross
There well day when Jesus come back as Lion not as sacrificial lamb and there will be a number no one can count worshipping praising The Lamb with palm branches and white robe Revelation 7; 9- 12 However, HE still the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of world.