A cleft in the rock resembles a shelter, a place that is away from the busy life we lead. It is somewhere we can pray. After all I believe that is the highest purpose for us, to pray. How time and time again when I have almost given up hope that God has heard my prayer He comes through with such clarity and decisiveness that I am almost stunned into death.
5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.”8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
Like the disciples and the crowd who heard God’s voice at Jesus baptism, they were fearful but He beckons the to arise and to not be afraid.
Like the tribe of Israel who saw and heard the thundering and lightning of God coming down from the mountain, God doesn’t want us cowering, but worshiping in joy.
Like the guards who guarded the tomb and where like death, they were to recover and if they followed Jesus they would have been given joy.
God wants us to not to be afraid of the task that he has placed before us, have courage, be of good cheer, and give glory to God in heaven for loving us.