Road to Calvary 19: the Transfiguration

Peter, James and John with Jesus climb the mountain
Peter, James and John with Jesus

One day, Jesus took three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John with him. (This John was not the same person who baptized Jesus.) They went up on a high mountain by themselves.

The Transfiguration
The Transfiguration

All of a sudden, Jesus’ face became as bright as the sun and his clothes became as white as light, whiter than anyone on earth could make them.

Moses and Elijah appear with the transfigured Jesus
Moses and Elijah appear with the transfigured Jesus

Then Moses and Elijah, who had both lived hundreds of years earlier, appeared. They talked with Jesus about his death which would soon happen in Jerusalem.

Peter makes a silly suggestion
Peter makes a silly suggestion

As Moses and Elijah were talking with Jesus, Peter said, “Jesus, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Peter did not know what he was saying.

This is My Son in whom I am well pleased
This is My Son in whom I am well pleased

As Peter was talking, a bright cloud came down on top of them and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My Son whom I love. I am pleased with him. Listen to him.” The three disciples were terrified and fell on the ground.

Disciples prostrate themselves in fear
Disciples prostrate themselves in fear

Then Jesus touched them and said, “Do not be afraid. Get up.” When they looked around they saw no one but Jesus

Jesus says tell no one
Jesus says tell no one

As they went back down the mountain, Jesus said, “Do not tell anyone about what happened here until after I have been raised from the dead.” 

note: Moses and Elijah’s sudden disappearance left only Jesus confirming that in Him Old testament prophecy and law were fulfilled. Peter never forgot that moment. In 2Peter.1:16-18 he stated that he was an eyewitness of Christ’s splendour and glory.

Five fold Ministry Ireland

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