The story of the Transfiguration appears in Matthew, Mark and Luke, as well as II Peter referencing the event. The II Peter passage recounts the word of God that was spoken at what we know was the Transfiguration. II Peter also tells the reader that the writer of the epistle witnessed Jesus majesty at that event.
The transfiguration is the story of Jesus, taking three of his disciples, Peter, James and John, to the mountain. While there, Jesus was transfigured, changed into pure light, and appeared to be talking to Moses and Elijah, in that transfigured state. There also the Lord God spoke to all who were present as well, saying, “This is my son, whom I dearly love. Listen to him!” While there are emphases on other things in all three Gospels, the disciples who accompanied Jesus, the appearance of Moses and Elijah and God affirming Christ and commanding the disciples to listen to Jesus is present in all three accounts.
In taking these three disciples, Jesus is telling us of how much he values them James was the one who went with him when he raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead and was also present with him at Gethsemane, so it is understandable he would be asked to accompany Jesus to the mountain as well. Peter, likewise, was one of the inner circle. He too was present at pivotal points in Jesus’ ministry. He also had the insight at times that caused many to marvel. We can recall his ”You are the messiah” moment. At other times, Peter was a lost soul… " I tell you, I do not know him!” John, we know, was referred to as “the beloved one.” It would be to John that Jesus, while dying on the cross, would entrust his mother. Might it be that these three were chosen because of their closeness to Jesus? That Jesus knew they would tell, at the appropriate time, the events of this occasion. Lastly, might it also be a gift to them to get a glimpse of Jesus in his glory. A vision that might sustain them in the days to come. Remember, this event takes place right after Jesus has told them that he would soon be killed and resurrected. He had told them there would be a cost for them as well in following him.
But follow him to the mountain they did. There they saw and heard that Jesus was indeed the Son of the living God. They saw Jesus in his glory, arrayed in such light that they probably had to shield their eyes. And as they gazed at Christ in all his glory, dazed at what to do or say, God’s voice thundered, “This is my beloved son. I love him. Listen to him!” As they listened, how were they transformed? Check in Sunday at our Zoom service and see!
Scripture for Sunday, Feb. 14th: Psalm 50; II Kings 2:1 -12; II Corinthians 4: 13 -6; Mark 9: 2 -9. We continue to spread the Gospel of love and grace. Will you not join us in this effort? The rewards are heavenly! See you Sunday(electronically), Alanna