Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Transfiguration

October 21: Matthew 17, Mark 9 & Luke 9

28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
Luke 9:28-36

The Transfiguration

The account of the transfiguration of Christ appears in all three of the Gospels shown above. It is interesting to compare the differences; neither Matthew, Mark, or Luke were there, so all of them are giving the account from what they have heard.

For example, look at the what was said regarding the appearance of Christ.

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.
Matthew 17:2

And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.
Mark 9:2b-3

And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.
Luke 9:29

We do not really know how white, white is! Even the colors on our earth are affected by sin. The men were at loss to describe the appearance of Christ and his clothing, when he was transfigured. Remember, Moses experienced the same thing when God passed by him and he was only able to see God's back side. Even that was almost too much for him in its dazzling wonder.

How would our life be different today if God granted us the ability to go one day without sinning? We really do not know, do we? Everything we see, everything we do, and everything we say is tainted by a world drenched in the darkness of sin.

Yet, one day it will not be so. Just take some time today and contemplate the wonders of heaven and life on a perfect, sinless, new earth. By God's grace may we fix our eyes on Jesus, who now sits, transfigured, beside God in heaven. The transfiguration is a picture of our hope and glory--our future, as Christians.

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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