The Transfiguration of the Lord
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Peter 1:16-19;Mark 2:9-10
He was transfigured before them. (Mark 9:2)
There are two key elements to just about every story: the plot (what happened) and the interpretation (why it happened). Well, today’s Gospel story of the Transfiguration has a very dramatic “what”—three apostles witnessed Jesus’ heavenly glory. But what about the “why”?
There are many ways to answer this question, but one important answer is that this event shows that God has a perfect plan. In fact, in his version of the story, Luke tells us that while he was transfigured, Jesus was speaking with Moses and Elijah about this plan, the “exodus” that Jesus “was going to accomplish in Jerusalem” (Luke 9:31). God had a plan for his creation: to save us through Jesus’ “exodus” on the cross. Jesus’ death wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t a mistake. It was part of God’s intention all along—all so that we could be set free from sin.
The Transfiguration also confirms God’s love for us. The imagery of the Transfiguration shows Jesus as a kind of “bridge” between heaven and earth. He is the “beloved Son” who pleases his Father and brings salvation to all people (Matthew 17:5). Speaking with Israel’s heroes of old, Jesus is also the bridge between God’s covenant with his chosen people and his new covenant with every one of us.
By telling us that Jesus’ clothes became “white as light” and that his face “shone like the sun,” Matthew also shows us that Jesus transcends the human limitations that we all experience. He shows us that Jesus truly is God with us.
Through this dramatic story, we can see that God is in control of his creation. He knows what’s going on in our lives and he has a marvelous plan for us, even if we have to endure a few crosses along the way.
So today, dwell on the miracle of the Transfiguration. Picture the scene in your mind. See Jesus in all of his glory. Let what you see convince you that God has a loving plan, and we are all part of it. Let God use this story to encourage you and to help you put your trust in his Son.
“Father, I trust in your plan. Help me to place my life in your hands.”~WAU