“Transfigured”

On March 3, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 9:28-36.

28 “Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ 36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.”

The Transfiguration has always puzzled me. What exactly happened to Jesus up on that mountain? What purpose did it serve? Why did Moses and Elijah show up? The text says they chatted with Jesus about “his departure and all that he was about to accomplish in Jerusalem.” Mysterious stuff.

Peter, James, and John were half asleep yet awake enough to see his “glory, and the two men who stood with them.” Interesting.

Peter didn’t know what to say, but that never stopped him. He revealed a really goofy plan to build three structures, one for Jesus, one for Elijah, and one for Moses. While in mid-sentence a cloud overshadowed them and cut Peter off. A voice said, “This is my Son, my chosen; listen to him!”

Suddenly, Jesus was found alone with his disciples, who were awed into silence. And then Jesus led them back down the mountain. Guess what was waiting for him at the bottom?

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