|A CHILD'S LIFE OF JESUS
MOSES & ELIJAH
Jesus had been hiding from bad king Herod a
long time. He knew he couldn't hide forever.
He knew he would have to go back to
Jerusalem soon. Then he would be treated
bad and killed.
Jesus was part human and so he was scared.
He told his 12 apostles about it, but they
refused to believe he would be killed. There
was no one to comfort him.
So Jesus took his three closest friends ~
Peter, James and John ~ and climbed up into
a high mountain. There Jesus prayed not to
be afraid of dying. His friends prayed too.
Jesus needed special help right now.
Suddenly Moses, the man God gave his Law to
hundreds of years earlier, appeared right out
of heaven. Moses and Jesus hugged.
Moses said the people he led talked mean to
him the whole time he led them ~ the whole
Moses wanted to take them into their
Promised Land, but God told him that it was
time to die and go to heaven. Moses didn't
want to die, just like Jesus didn't want to die.
In a few minutes someone else appeared to
Jesus from heaven. He was Elijah, a famous
prophet who could tell the future. Elijah and
Elijah reminded Jesus that a bad king and
queen were always chasing him and trying to
kill him. He hid alone in caves a lot. At
least Jesus had his 12 apostles to hide with.
Peter, James and John had fallen asleep.
Suddenly they woke up and saw Jesus standing
there talking to Moses and Elijah.
Not only were the clothes of Moses from
heaven shining, and the clothes of Elijah from
heaven shining, but also Jesus' clothes were
Peter didn't know what to say, so suggested
they put up three tents so everyone could talk
and get rested. That was a silly thing to say.
Instead, God spoke right out of heaven. He
didn't want people to follow the Law of Moses
any more. He didn't want people to follow
the prophets like Elijah any more either.
Jesus had fulfilled both.
God said, "Jesus is my SON! Listen only to
him now!" Jesus was so excited. He had not
heard his heavenly father's voice for a long
time years. Then Moses and Elijah went back
Jesus felt better now. Jesus knew he could
endure anything bad now.
Today we can hear God's voice by reading the
Bible. Aren't we lucky?