Jesus Plus Nothing
"About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. They were glorious to see... As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, “Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But even as he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them, and terror gripped them as the cloud covered them. Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” When the voice finished, Jesus was there alone. Luke 9:28-31; 33 - 36
There is a saying that says, Jesus alone is enough. Jesus plus anything is nothing. Jesus plus nothing is everything. And, Jesus minus nothing is just Jesus. (1)
We have a tendency to put the voices of men like teachers, coaches, and even pastor's over the voice of Jesus. We try and please men instead of Jesus. We look for direction from people over the One who created them. This is a natural tendency, but one we must deal with nonetheless.
Some of us even value the voices of popular artists and actors over Jesus' voice. Just monitor how much time you spend listening to those other voices. What we invest our time and energy in is what we value.
We all have people we look up to or even idolize. Peter, James, and John being good Jewish boys, obviously idolized Moses and Elijah (heroes of their religion). Even though Moses and Elijah are very valuable to Israel's history and loved by God, He wanted the three disciples to know that Moses and Elijah were only men. God demonstrated this when He said, "This is My Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him."
We would do well to heed God's command. Today ask yourself what voices are you listening to over Jesus'. Then ask for forgiveness and begin to "Listen" to Jesus by spending time with Him through His Word, Prayer, and Hanging with other Jesus Followers.
At the end, it was Just Jesus and the three disciples, and in the end it should just be Jesus and us.
(1) Tarmrat Layne & Tim Timmons, The Way A Revolutionary Curriculum, Volume 1: Personal Transformation. Embers Press, 2016