Six days after that, Jesus took Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone.
And there Jesus was transfigured before their eyes; the clothes Jesus wore became dazzingly white—whiter than any earthly bleach could make them.
Elijah appeared to them, as did Moses, and the two were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “how wonderful it is for us to be here! Let us make three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Peter did not know what he was saying, so overcome were they all with awe.
Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them; and there came a voice from out of the cloud: “This is my Beloved, my Own; listen to this One.” Then suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore—only Jesus.
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Promised One had risen from the dead. They agreed to this, though they discussed among themselves what “rising from the dead” could mean.
Comment: It is difficult to know what to make of the Transfiguration of Jesus. According to the Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, is a commentator’s paradise and despair. The Bible itself interprets the experience as a vision of Peter, James and John when Jesus’ true self and nature were revealed. Suddenly they knew his mission fulfilled both the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah). This revelation came to them just before Jesus would make the journey to Jerusalem and the harsh realities of his demands for justice would unfold.
1. As we look at this scripture together we might ask what is it about Jesus that made him shine?
2. Have you ever in any way had such a moment when Jesus (or anyone!) suddenly took on a holy glow and you looked at them and you knew that God was indeed present in their life, in their message, in their mission? What was that like?
3. Has anyone seen that heavenly glow in you?