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April 1st

Luke 9:28–29
The Transfiguration

Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. (ESV)

In our NT selection for today, one of the things we read about is Luke’s account of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus goes up on a mountain (traditionally Mt. Tabor, but this is not certain) and prays while Peter, James and John accompany him. They fall asleep and are awakened by Jesus dazzling appearance. Moses and Elijah are seen standing with Jesus, speaking and as they are about to depart Jesus:

Luke 9:33–36

And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen. (ESV)

The voice of the Father tells the disciples to listen to Jesus, not make tents or say anything else off the cuff. It’s all about Jesus, here. Jesus has just revealed a little of his holy glory to the disciples.

The Reformation Study Bible notes about this:
“9:35 my Son. This designation emphasizes the divine relationship, and the command “listen to him” His divine authority. Both set Jesus apart as different from and superior to Moses and Elijah.”

Jesus is superior to the Law and the Prophets. He is bringing the Kingdom of God into fruition.
Even though such a miraculous thing took place, the three disciples held their peace and told no one about what they had seen and heard, at this time.

The Expositor’s Commentary (Abridged) New Testament relates:
“The Voice speaking from the cloud is the awesome Voice of God the Father himself. The message expressed by the Voice is so clear that any uncertainty about the meaning of some of the other aspects of this great scene become comparatively unimportant. The focus throughout the Transfiguration is on the supreme person and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Like I said, it’s all about Jesus!

Maranatha! IC -|- XC
Prayer for Today:
Lord, you alone unify your people. Thank you for the example of our persecuted Christian family- they gather around you, setting aside denominational and theological distinctives. May we be aligned with you. Make us all one in Christ. Amen.

Re: The Transfiguration that, we spoke of in todays reading. Bible.org was very interesting today. The comment that Bob made "The spectacular never really convinces or converts anyone", is the reason that those who witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus who were Peter, James and John give no gospel account of the Transfiguration. The Lord does not play up this miracle or the mount of Transfiguration.

According to Bob Deffenbuagh: Bob says ( I've copied and pasted this ) Observations
Before we seek to explore the implications and applications of the transfiguration, let us pause for a moment to make an observation about the three who witnessed this event. There were three witnesses to the transfiguration: Peter, John, and James.181 There are also three accounts of the transfiguration in the gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Is it not noteworthy that while there are three witnesses to the transfiguration, not one of them is a gospel writer? Matthew, who wrote one of the accounts, was one of the nine left behind. John, on the other hand, who accompanied Jesus up to the mount of transfiguration, and who wrote a gospel account, does not include the transfiguration in his gospel. I find this most interesting. If such a spectacular event were to happen today, we would be certain to have the “press corps” invited. Jesus did not do so, and He knew what was going to happen (cf. Luke 9:27).

I am not sure that I can explain why this is true, why Jesus would invite three men along, and yet none of them would give a personal account of the event. I think it is safe to say that Jesus did not capitalize upon or emphasize the spectacular. If He handled things as some religious leaders do, He would not only have had the twelve disciples along, but he would have had the radio, television, press, and a huge crowd of witnesses along with him as well. Jesus downplayed the spectacular, while we play it up. Perhaps we need to learn a lesson from our Lord, here

Bob makes 5 points that I found interesting:

1. The Transfiguration confirms the identity of Jesus.

2. His kindom is identified.

3. Clarification is made that Jesus is one who is greater.

4. The crown and cross are one.

5. God can raise men from the dead.

I encourage everyone today to read the commentary at the link Mike provided about the Transfiguration, you might learn something new.

Woohoo! Praise the Lord! 1/4 th through the Bible. So many wonderful testaments to God this year! Hopefully all have stayed with us none gone astray! We went through..Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and halfway through Deuteronomy. Matthew, Mark and part of Luke, over half of Psalms for 1st time around and almost half of Proverbs. What a testament of consistency. In OT today 18th -20 of Deut: Moses pointing to a prophet, Jesus the Lord beautiful! And a place of refuge..I think of 91st Psalm and Gods protection from harm..and love that if God is for us who can be against us!

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