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February 27th

In today’s NT readings we have the incident of the Transfiguration of Jesus. It was witnessed by the three core disciples, Peter, James and John.

Mark 9: 9 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”

2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.

The word in Greek for transfigured is Metamorphoo; the word we get metamorphosis from in English. This is the same term we use of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.

Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus on the mount and the disciples are amazed at what is taking place. I think we all would have been stunned. Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophets and the Law. Peter suggests that three booths be made, but a theophany tells the disciples: “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” and the scene returns to normal, again. Jesus instructs the apostles to keep this a secret until He has risen from the dead.

Much could be said of the Transfiguration, but I found a succinct explanation of its primary significance, involving the Kingdom and the Messianic Secret, with which I agree:

“Jesus is God the Son. His ministry on Earth was to display the coming kingdom of God and reveal the pathway to citizenship in that kingdom. In order to do this, he revealed his divine nature to humanity in very real ways. The Transfiguration event was probably the most definitive revelation of Jesus as divine next to the resurrection itself. Here Jesus is shown to be greater than the Law and the Prophets and that he was the beginning of the new covenant of grace that brings humanity to salvation and glory to God.” [From Biblestudytools.com]

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, accept the sacrifices made by my persecuted Christian family as worship. Their love for You inspires me, and I join with them in responding to Your love. Amen.

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