Reading: 2 Peter 1: 16-18
Like almost all the other stories of Jesus, someone was there to remember the event, to tell others about it, to one day record it. I’d imagine most of the stories, particularly the miracles, were talked about quite a bit. This is a large part of why Jesus drew such a crowd at times. They had heard. At Jesus’ baptism there were some onlookers there to see the Spirit descended and to hear the “this is my Son” declaration. But the transfiguration story is so much more. Jesus’ appearance changes, Moses and Elijah appear and talk with Jesus, the voice of God again speaks. In all of this, we gain confirmation of Jesus’ divinity and authority. But, for the time being, this story goes untold, as per Jesus’ instructions.
In the transfiguration account, we see that the God we adore and worship and praise is the same as the the One who came in the flesh. In the power and divine majesty of the transfiguration, we see a glimpse of the Messiah who will one day return again to restore all things as He establishes the new heaven and earth. The image in 2nd Peter also connects forward to the vision of Jesus that John has in Revelation. Both Peter and John are so in awe of what they see that they both have trouble putting words to what they see and experience. In between these two events we have he risen Lord, appearing in the garden, in a room, on the seashore,… We see a loving God who reassures His closest friends that He is going back to be with His Father, but also promising to one day return in glory.
As we prepare to enter Lent, we embrace all of this – the Christ who was here before time, the human Jesus who walked the earth and was crucified for our sins, and the risen Messiah that will one day return to make all things new. As faithful and obedient disciples, we cry out, “Come Lord Jesus, come!”