Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 2; Peter 1:16-19; Mark 9:2-10
The Transfiguration of the Lord
It is good that we are here! (Mark 9:5)
Sometimes we need something spectacular to free us from weariness or discouragement. Perhaps this was where Peter, James, and John were at as this story opens. We can well imagine how upsetting Jesus’ words about his coming death must have been to them (Mark 8:31). Surely they needed a boost!
But then these disciples saw Jesus transfigured in all of his divine glory. The Greek word that Mark used to describe Jesus’ appearance could also be used to describe light flashing off gold or the brilliance of the shining sun. Then, as if that weren’t enough, two great heroes of the faith, Moses and Elijah, appeared as well. Finally, a cloud overshadowed them all, and the disciples heard God’s majestic voice declaring: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him” (Mark 9:7).
How vital this awe-inspiring experience was to these disciples! As the events leading up to the cross unfolded, they would be able to remember how God reassured them and gave them a glimpse of the glory that was coming. As the Pharisees and scribes challenged Jesus’ every word and action, they could recall Moses and Elijah giving him their seal of approval. As they saw their Master arrested, beaten, and crucified, this vision would help them remember that Jesus’ death was not the end of the story but really the beginning.
In a similar way, God wants to give us a powerful revelation today so that we too can take heart. He wants to assure us of Jesus’ glory so that we will have the courage and desire to follow him, even to Calvary.
Brothers and sisters, Jesus is alive! He is with us! Day after day, he wants to unveil a little more of his glory to us, until that final day when we will see him face to face— that final day when we too will be transfigured and shining like a million diamonds. So let God reveal Jesus to you today so that you can find strength for the journey before you. Jesus is God’s beloved Son! May we all listen to him with hearts wide open!
“Jesus, you are the star that lights my path. Open my eyes to your glory. Strengthen my faith and keep me close to your side. I want to be a light of hope and consolation to others.” ~WAU