July 3, 2019
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.
Jesus fed some 5,000 people with a young boy’s lunch, and those there were ready to make Him king by force. So He took the disciples away from the crowd and taught them privately that He would suffer and die. During that time, an amazing event occurred. The transfiguration teaches us five things:
- The transfiguration proved the deity of Jesus.
For most of His time on earth, Jesus—the Light of the world—kept that light contained. But for a brief time on the mountain, Jesus released the glory of God within Him.
- The transfiguration drove home the truth of Jesus’ suffering.
What was Jesus speaking about with Moses and Elijah? Luke tells us that they were discussing Jesus’ departure. They were talking about the cross in Jerusalem. I can’t help but think that as part of the discussion, Moses and Elijah gave encouragement to Jesus.
- The transfiguration provided undeniable evidence for eternal life.
Moses had been dead for almost 1,500 years at that point. Elijah had been taken up into heaven 900 years earlier. But there they were…alive and talking to Jesus.
- The transfiguration confirmed the great sacrifice.
There was no way around the cross. The Son of Man was going to suffer. Jesus left the mountain to continue on His way to Jerusalem and the cross.
- The transfiguration shows the humility of Jesus.
For a brief time, Jesus allowed the glory of His deity to radiate through Him. He spoke with Moses and Elijah, and the Father spoke from heaven. Then these great men from the Old Testament left. Once again Jesus contained His deity in His body and continued on His way to the cross.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your great humility all the way to the cross. Thank You for providing the sacrifice for sin. Help me respond with a life of adoration and obedience to You. In Your name I pray. Amen.
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