On the mountaintop, Jesus is transformed before Peter, James, and his brother John. His face and clothing glow as white and as bright as the sun; Moses and Elijah converse with Him. Peter wants to build three tabernacles: one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah. Peter is explaining himself when “a bright cloud covers them, and a voice from the cloud says: ‘This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him. Listen to Him!'” (Matthew 17:5) When Peter, James and John hear the voice, they fall down onto their faces terrified.
Jesus touches them. He says, “Get up; don’t be afraid.”
If ever there is a time for fear of the Messiah, this is it. God the Father speaks from within a cloud; two great patriarchs chat with the Lord, and Jesus transforms Himself into the heavenly being He is, right before the three men; yet, Jesus tells them not to be afraid.
No need to fear Me, He says.