Challenge: Read ALL of Luke Chapter 9
About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus.They were glorious to see. And they were speaking about his exodus from this world, which was about to be fulfilled in Jerusalem. Peter and the others had fallen asleep. When they woke up, they saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him. As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, “Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials- one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But even as he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them, and terror gripped them as the cloud covered them. Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” When the voice finished, Jesus was there alone. They didn’t tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
I don’t know about you, but this was a passage that always stumped me a little bit. Why was Jesus standing on a mountain? And why was he turning white? And what was up with Moses and Elijah, anyway? While these few verses are just a small part of the entire Bible, they are extremely significant.
Jesus had just finished telling people he was the one who left heaven’s glory to come to earth, and the transfiguration was proof of that fact and then some more. Here’s why: Moses was the person in the Old Testament that brought God’s law to the Isrealites, and Elijah was a great prophet from the Old Testament who was seen to be above all others. When Jesus was standing on the mountain with these heavenly figures of Moses and Elijah, it was symbolic that Jesus had come to fulfill the law and the prophets. Then the voice of God gave further confirmation of the calling of Jesus.
Jesus, at the transfiguration was appearing in His glorified body. At that moment, He was showing that He will rule His coming kingdom in His glorified body. Moses was also there in his heavenly form, showing that all who are saved will enter God’s kingdom through death. Elijah, who never died, was there in his heavenly form, showing that there will be some who enter the Kingdom of God without death through the second coming (1 Corinthians 15:50-53).
Now, for the best part – what does this mean for us?
The One who is the new and living way has replaced the old – we have new life in Christ and redemption of sins through Jesus. Also, seeing Jesus here in his heavenly form gives us a preview of His coming glorification and enthronement as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Think of it as a “Coming Attraction” – like a billboard for a new amusement park or a preview for a new movie coming to theaters. These are intended to create excitement and longing to attend these attractions or movies. What greater “preview” than eternal life with our Lord in His Kingdom? I don’t think anything on earth could ever compare to that!
The old has gone, the new has come, and the ONE is coming! Hallelujah!
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