So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things, for we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. We also have the prophetic message as something completely 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. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 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. –2 Peter 1:12-21
When I was in High School, each time we went to concerts, we would get a T-shirt with the tour dates on the back. Why? Because anybody could buy a concert shirt from anywhere, but only those who went to the concert could get one with the tour dates. Sure, it was for self-glorification, but it was also proof that we actually went to the show…we were real witnesses to the concert and everything that happened there. Anybody else with a regular T-shirt was a highly-probable liar who just bought a shirt from the band to look cool and fit in.
Today, when a huge event occurs, news channels will find somebody who was there, an eyewitness, and interview them about the event. Why? Because they were there! They saw what happened. Nobody wants to interview somebody that just heard about it.
- Where do you get your information about things? Events? People?
- Whose story would hold up better in court: somebody who heard about the event, or somebody who was at the event? Why?
- Ask somebody about Pearl Harbor, the the Vietnam War or Woodstock…real news from somebody who was there. Compare it with a source written by somebody who was not there. What’s different? What’s the same? Which one is more believable? Why?
- Why do you think Peter saw it as so important to prove that what he was saying was True? Why does being there make a difference?