7650 - Transfiguration

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What an amazing sight it must have been to see the transfiguration of Jesus and Him speaking to Moses and Elijah.

In Luke 9:27-36 we observe Jesus, along with three disciples, in a spectacular supernatural event.

I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters --one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)

While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him." When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.

Many see this experience as a preview into the glory of the kingdom of God.

Notice this all comes out of a time of prayer by Jesus. His face changed and his clothes became brilliantly radiant. A demonstration of future happenings to occur in the end times.

Especially privileged were Peter, John and James as they had been invited by Jesus to climb this mountain with Him. Friends, Moses and Elijah had resided in the afterworld for centuries; and here they were conversing with Jesus on this mountain. Luke’s passage is the only account which tells us they were discussing the departure of Jesus from earth which he would soon experience in Jerusalem.

This portion of Scripture is another assurance that the death of Jesus was no accident. It was to fulfill many prophesies. These three were discussing an event which had been destined before the beginning of time (1 Peter 1:20).

Did you notice the sentence says, “his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment...” In John 10 (vv17-18) Jesus tells us that He is the one who is to lay down his own life. No one was to take it from him. No one killed Jesus. He gave up his own life for you and for me.

As this discussion proceeded, the three apostles roused from their dazed sleepiness, saw the glory of Jesus with Moses and Elijah. As the two ‘visitors’ were leaving Peter could not keep quiet although he did not know what was proper to say. He proposed that the apostles throw together a shelter for the three.

Even as Peter spoke a cloud wrapped around them, and God’s voice spoke from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”

God doesn’t have form or body, but often throughout Scripture He is associated with or resident in a cloud. His message could be a mild censure of Peter for interrupting the conference. God says that they should listen to His Son. How true! The words of Jesus are gems of eternal truth. Let us pay attention to them.

As the voice of God ceased, the scene reverted to the worldly realm, like a brilliant, freshly colored oil painting, suddenly becoming black and white newsprint. Jesus and the three apostles were alone there on the mountain. No snapshots. No video. Only memories.

The three gospels tell us they did not discuss this event with anyone until Jesus was risen from the dead.