Transfiguration of Jesus

by FLL Editorial Team

路加福音 9:28-36

Transfiguration of Jesus





Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up a mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.
Luke 9:28-36

Transfiguration of the Lord (Feast)

Shortly before this, Jesus was talking to His disciples about His suffering, so Jesus' transfiguration took place at this time can be delivering some important message to His disciples. On the mountain, while he was praying, His face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white, and Moses and Elijah appeared beside Him. Moses and Elijah are two important figures in the Old Testament: one represents the Law, the other represents the Prophets. They're both very faithful servant of the Lord, and their presence confirmed what Jesus foretold His disciples: He is going to suffer, the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament will be fulfilled by Him.

After seeing this, Peter said he would make three tents, one tent for each of them. As recorded, Peter did not know what he was saying, but he said it probably because he hoped this moment can last longer, that the three would stay with him for a bit longer. Notice how this suggestion is not appropriate: first, although Jesus revealed His glory to His disciples, it is not yet time for Him to enter into His glory, not until He has gone through His passion. That is why Moses and Elijah were talking with Jesus about what He'll accomplish in Jerusalem; all these are preparations for what is to come. Secondly, Peter's suggestion of making a tent for each of them implies all three of them have equal status, which is not true. Moses and Elijah are only prophets, whereas Jesus is the Son of God. Perhaps that is why our Father in Heaven immediately appeared to him in the clouds, saying, “This is my Son, my chosen one, listen to him.”

Jesus' transfiguration foreshadows His entrance into glory, and confirms His identity as the Son of God before the disciples. However, before His mission completes, he must first go through suffering and death, and His disciples would also face similar persecution.

God invites us to join Jesus in His entrance into glory; but before that, we must take up our cross and follow Him. Are you willing to do that?