Friday, February 11, 2022
Sunlight Poured from His Face
17 1-3 Six days later, three of them saw that glory. Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Then they realized that Moses and Elijah were also there in deep conversation with him.
4 Peter broke in, “Master, this is a great moment! What would you think if I built three memorials here on the mountain—one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah?”
5 While he was going on like this, babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.”
-Matthew 17:1-5 The Message
17 Verse 1: Six days later, Jesus *took with Him Peter and James, and his brother John, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
Verse 1 study: The transfiguration was a vision and a brief glimpse of the true glory of the king.
Matthew 16:27-28: 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every person according to his deeds.
28 “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
This was a special revelation of Jesus’ divinity to three of the disciples, and it was God’s divine affirmation of everything Jesus has done and was about to do.
Verse 2: And He was transfigured before them; His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
Verse 3: And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
Verses 3-5 studies: Moses and Elijah were the two greatest prophets in the Old Testament. Moses represented the law, the old covenant. He wrote the Pentateuch, and he predicted the coming of a great prophet.
Deuteronomy 18:15-19: 15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen; to him, you shall listen. 16 This is in accordance with everything that you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Do not let me hear the voice of the Lord my God again, and do not let me see this great fire anymore, or I will die!’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them everything that I command him. 19 And it shall come about that whoever does not listen to My words which he speaks in My name, I Myself will require it of him.
Elijah represents the prophets who foretold the coming of the Messiah.
Malachi 4:5-6: 5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and strike the land with complete destruction.”
Moses and Elijah’s presence with Jesus confirmed Jesus’ Messianic mission to fulfill God’s law and the words of God’s prophets. God’s voice in the cloud over Mount Sinai gave authority to his law.
Exodus 19:9: Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people may hear when I speak with you and may also trust in you forever.” Then Moses told the words of the people to the Lord.
So that God’s voice at the transfiguration gave authority to Jesus’ words.
Verse 4: Peter responded and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If You want, I will make three tabernacles here: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Verse 4 study: Peter wanted to build three tabernacles (shelters) for the three great men to stay to show how the feast of Booths (the Feast of Tabernacles) was filled in the coming of God’s kingdom. Peter did have the right idea about Christ, but his timing was wrong. Peter wanted to act, but this was a time for worship and adoration. He wanted to capture the moment, but he was supposed to learn and move on.
Verse 5: While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!”
Verse 5 study: Jesus is more than a great leader, he is a good example, influencer, and a great prophet. He is the Son of God. When you understand this profound truth, the only adequate response is worship. When you have a correct understanding of Christ, you will obey him.