What was the meaning and importance of the transfiguration?
Question: "What was the meaning and importance of the transfiguration?"
About a week after Jesus plainly told His disciples that He would
suffer, be killed, and be raised to life (Luke 9:22), He took Peter,
James and John up a mountain to pray. While praying, His personal
appearance was changed into a glorified form, and His clothing became
dazzling white. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus about
His death that would soon take place. Peter, not knowing what he was
saying and being very fearful, offered to put up three shelters for
them. 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, a voice said, “This is My Son, whom I
have chosen, whom I love; listen to Him!” The cloud lifted, Moses and
Elijah had disappeared, and Jesus was alone with His disciples who were
still very much afraid. Jesus warned them not to tell anyone what they
had seen until after His resurrection. The three accounts of this event
are found in Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36.
Undoubtedly, the purpose of the transfiguration of Christ into at least a
part of His heavenly glory was so that the “inner circle” of His
disciples could gain a greater understanding of who Jesus was. Christ
underwent a dramatic change in appearance in order that the disciples
could behold Him in His glory. 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. That gave them the
reassurance they needed after hearing the shocking news of His coming
Symbolically, 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. The One who
is the new and living way is replacing the old – He is the fulfillment
of the Law and the countless prophecies in the Old Testament. Also, in
His glorified form they saw a preview of His coming glorification and
enthronement as King of kings and Lord of lords.
The disciples never forgot what happened that day on the mountain and no
doubt this was intended. John wrote in his gospel, “We have seen His
glory, the glory of the one and only” (John 1:14). Peter also wrote of
it, “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses
of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when
the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son,
whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice
that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain” (2
Peter 1:16-18). Those who witnessed the transfiguration bore witness to
it to the other disciples and to countless millions down through the
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What was the meaning and importance of the transfiguration?
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