Reading: Matthew 17: 1-9
Jesus meets Moses and Elijah up on the mountain. These two men represent the Messiah, each in their own way. Moses is the first great deliverer of his people. He led them out of the bondage of slavery and guided them to the Promised Land. Along the way Moses brought them the Law and guided them as they learned to live as the people of God. Jesus fills these roles as well. It is Jesus who freed us from the chains of sin and death, bringing us freedom. It is Jesus who shows us the way to our promised land – life everlasting. It is Jesus who gave us the example of how to live out the meaning of the Law, to live according to God’s ways, living as a servant to all, loving all we meet.
Elijah is the great prophet of God. Elijah spoke the word of God to the people and also demonstrated God’s power again and again. Elijah spoke truth to those around him and was often unwelcomed or lived as an outcast. Jesus also spoke the word of God to the people. The power of God certainly flowed through Jesus as well, revealed in the many He healed and restored to life. Jesus was not always popular either; as a prophet He spoke truth as well and at times Jesus was not welcomed, at other times He was despised by the religious authorities. In the end, it was this group that crucified Him.
It makes sense that Jesus would meet and talk with Moses and Elijah. He was and is both deliverer and prophet. In the same way that Jesus fills these roles, we too must fill these roles in our own way. Many in our lives need to be delivered – there is much that holds us captive and that binds people today. Many in our lives need to find the freedom brought by living as a child of God – the peace, contentment, and joy found in Christ. Many in our lives need to hear the prophetic word of God to bring hope and promise and healing to their broken lives. We are called to follow Jesus Christ’s example to help accomplish all of this. We are called to be a humble servant and to graciously love all we meet. Through us, we allow the same light of Christ that shone at the transfiguration to shine out into people’s darkness, guiding them to the only hope, to the Savior of the world, to Jesus Christ.