“Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.”
We observe that Jesus ‘picked and choosed’ three men to go with Him to this incredible place. Nothing is fabricated, nothing is manipulated. The three are given a backstage pass into the supernatural, where things are more real than they seem, not less so.
They were led with the pretext of loneliness and separation. It was critical that they step into this quiet place, with no distraction or disturbance. The entire situation was based exclusively on the person of Jesus. He would be the ‘canvas’ on which everything would happen. Jesus would display and exhibit the spiritual reality of what was about to happen.
All the men could do is observe, and from our text this was their fundamental purpose. They watched, and Jesus did not disappoint them. He commenced to radiate from within, an intense light. It says, ‘He was transformed’. We don’t have the freedom to make any conjecture of what this entailed. We can only understand that what was happening was purely and entirely supernatural.
I think that we often we get a little confused about the transforming presence of Jesus in our own lives. It seems that it happens apart from His presence. We somehow get changed apart from the direct intervention of Him. We inexplicably think that this is the way it works, that somehow I will start radiating peace, wisdom and godliness on my own. Kind of a ‘self -glowing in the dark’ Christian.
But Jesus Christ is the exclusive initiator and upholder of the Christian life. Jesus is not a by-product, but the entire ‘kit and kaboodle’. He is at the center of our salvation, both the justifier and sancifier of our being. We cannot trust Him to justify us, unless we believe that He will also make us holy people. He takes it all. And all that He takes He will transform.
I guess I’m advocating the return of Jesus to His walk of transfiguration in our lives. We make Him the center, and let Him shine. This is not heretical; it is fundamental. It is also critical. Only when we arrive at this point can we say “Jesus, why, He is my Lord and King! He is the Center of the entire universe, and He is my all, in all.”
- The Feast of the Transfiguration (and the 34th anniversary of Paul VI’s death) (insightscoop.typepad.com)
- Luke 9 – The Transfiguration (graceofourlord.com)
- The day when nature transfigures (english.ruvr.ru)
- Evensong ~ August 6, 2012 (ronpogue.typepad.com)