December 29, 2013

The Mount of Transfiguration - Matthew 17:1-8

Oh to have been Peter, James, or John when Jesus led them up the mountain where he was transfigured, along with Moses and Elijah. To be transfigured means to change one’s appearance. The three disciples saw Jesus in his glorified state.

Why Moses? He represented the Old Covenant and the promise of salvation. Why Elijah? The Jews always believed this prophet would return to restore all things. Luke 9:31 reveals the conversation between Jesus, Moses, and Elijah focused upon the Lord’s death.

When they began their descent down the mountain, Peter, James, and John could not contain themselves. They wanted to set up shop on the mountain and stay there where it was safe and spectacular. But this “thin place” demanded other action. It prepared them for a uncertain future. The song says, “Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand. But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.”