We are on the right track

The transfiguration of Jesus was an important event for Jesus and his disciples, James, Peter and John. For Jesus, it was an experience in his life that gave him clear indication about who he was as the Son of God. and for the disciples it verified for them that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Messiah, the chosen of God and that following him put them on the ‘right track’ as they continued to follow him to the cross and then carried on the purpose to which they had been called for the rest of their lives.

Let’s recall the event.

About a week after Jesus plainly told His disciples that He would suffer, be killed, and be raised to life, He took Peter, James and John up a mountain to pray. While praying, His personal appearance was changed into a glorified form, His clothing became dazzling white. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus about His death that would soon take place. Peter was fearful and also so intrigued by the event that he suggested that they build three booths, one for Moses, one for Elijah, and one for Jesus. This is undoubtedly a reference to the booths that were used to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles when the Israelites dwelt in booths for 7 days (Lev. 23:34-42). Peter was expressing a wish to stay in that place when a cloud enveloped them and a voice said: “This is My Son, whom I have chosen, whom I love; listen to Him”

The purpose of the Transfiguration of Christ was at least in part so that the ‘inner circle’ of His disciples could gain a greater understanding of who Jesus was. And for the disciples who had only known Him in His human body, now had a greater realization of the deity of Christ, though they could not fully comprehend it. It gave them the reassurance they needed after hearing the shocking news of His coming death.

The appearance of Moses and Elijah represented the Law and the Prophets. But God’s voice from heaven—‘Listen to Him!”-clearly showed that the Law and the Prophets must give way to Jesus. He is the fulfillment of the Law and the countless prophecies in the Old Testament.

Luke writes his gospel as instruction for Jews who were followers of Jesus but following the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70, were discouraged and felt that Jesus was not the Messiah whom they had longed for. Read all of chapter 9 in Luke to get the full impact of the Transfiguration event.

What about us? We can certainly understand that this event for Jesus was important because he knew he was on ‘the right track’ with living His life and His impending death and resurrection. It solidified his identity.

For the followers of Christ, this event is one we accept and incorporate into our lives through faith in believing Jesus is God’s Son and that His death and resurrection has given us ‘New Life” and a new identity. Now and into Eternity. We, as sons and daughters of God, are on “the right track” as we serve daily in life and participate in disseminating His love and grace to all people.