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Matthew 17:1-3 "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother,
and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured
before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him."
Following the baptism and temptations of Christ, the Mount of Transfiguration is another crucial moment in our understanding of the life and ministry of Jesus. The word transfigure means, “a change in appearance, a glorifying, a spiritual change.” This event is another proof God wasn’t doing things secretively, and helps serve as a confirmation of our faith. The importance of the Transfiguration is that Jesus’ true nature as
the Son of God was disclosed and a promise of His future glory was given.
There is much that can be understood symbolically with the white light as God’s glorification of Christ, and the appearance of Moses and Elijah with Christ as He was the fulfillment of all the Law and the Prophets. However, it is their conversation recorded by Luke that strikes me. They talked about Jesus’ death at Jerusalem and the things that would happen to Him there. Then God’s own words tell Peter, James and John to “listen” to what Jesus would tell them. Jesus explicitly told them not to tell anyone the vision
until after the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
Peter does later write in his second letter that he was an eyewitness to the majesty of Christ when He received glory and honor from the Father. This testimony is powerful. We don’t somehow just “believe” in something impossible. The death and resurrection of Jesus was preplanned and preordained! It was foretold and reaffirmed. Because of this we can also believe everything else, including the fact that He is coming again! Oh friend, embrace Christ in the fullest measure! It is foolhardy to not do so!
For His Glory,
G. E. Hobelman
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