"This is my beloved Son; listen to him" Matthew 17:1-9

Today marks the final revelation of the babe born in the manger. We see Jesus revealed as never before. We see Jesus revealed as the son of God. Matthew describes this mountain-top effect that Peter, James and John saw in Jesus in this manner, "His face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as the light." This was for Jesus and the disciples the assurance that Jesus was the Son or God, that all he had proclaimed about Himself was indeed true. The mountain top was apit stop for Jesus. The heavenly Father, knowing the tight race his Son was running, he began his final lap, his final journey to Jerusalem where he would encounter the cross. Are you prepared to see God's glory? God is eager to share his glory with us! We get a glimpse of this when the disciples see Jesus transfigured in glory on the mountain. Jesus' transfiguration on the mountain is celebrated in the Eastern and Western churches on August 6th. Mark's account tells us that Jesus' "garments became glistening, intensely white ". When Moses met with God on Mount Sinai "the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God". Paul says that the "Israelites could not look at Moses' face because of its brightness". In this incident, Jesus appeared in glory with Moses, the great lawgiver of Israel, and with Elijah, the greatest of the prophets, in the presence of three of his beloved apostles. What is the significance of this mysterious appearance? Jesus went to the mountain knowing full well what awaited him in Jerusalem - his betrayal, rejection and crucifix­ion. Jesus very likely discussed this momentous decision to go to the cross with Moses and Elijah. God the Father also spoke with Jesus and gave his approval: "This is my beloved Son; listen to him". The cloud which overshadowed Jesus and his apostles fulfilled the dream of the Jews that when the Messiah came, the cloud of God's presence would fill the temple again. Peter, James, and John were privileged witnesses of the glory of Christ. We, too, as disciples of Christ, are called to be witnesses of his glory. "We all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of  glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit”.  The Lord wants to reveal his glory to us, his beloved disciples. Do you seek his presence with faith and reverence?

Posted on March 4, 2017 .