The Glorified Christ-Mark 9:2-10

Mark 9:2-10 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters — one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.”
Marco 9:2-10 “Sei giorni dopo Gesù prese con sé Pietro, Giacomo e Giovanni e li condusse soli, in disparte, sopra un alto monte. E fu trasfigurato in loro presenza; 3 le sue vesti divennero sfolgoranti, candidissime, di un tale candore che nessun lavandaio sulla terra può dare. 4 E apparve loro Elia con Mosè, i quali stavano conversando con Gesù. 5 Pietro, rivoltosi a Gesù, disse: «Rabbì, è bello stare qua; facciamo tre tende: una per te, una per Mosè e una per Elia». 6 Infatti non sapeva che cosa dire, perché erano stati presi da spavento. 7 Poi venne una nuvola che li coprì con la sua ombra; e dalla nuvola una voce: «Questo è il mio diletto Figlio; ascoltatelo!» 8 E a un tratto, guardatisi attorno, non videro più nessuno con loro, se non Gesù solo. 9 Poi, mentre scendevano dal monte, egli ordinò loro di non raccontare a nessuno le cose che avevano viste, se non quando il Figlio dell’uomo fosse risuscitato dai morti. 10 Essi tennero per sé la cosa, domandandosi tra di loro che significasse quel risuscitare dai morti.”
 
     The account of the transfiguration of Jesus is also recorded in Matthew and Luke with great similarity. Neither of these authors had firsthand knowledge of the event but the information circulated later by the three that were present all confirmed the story. So what would be the reason behind this account in the ministry of Jesus? As we recall the parts of the story, the motive and purpose become clearer. The word “transformed” means that He was changed into another external form. For a brief time, the human body of Jesus was transformed into His glorified body. After the resurrection, these same three disciples will see this form of Jesus again and it will be the time when the event can be told to everyone. The glorified Christ wore a garment with a brilliance they had never seen before. The opening chapter of Revelation shows us a similar picture of the glorified Christ.
     Two Old Testament figures, Elijah and Moses, also appear and begin talking with Jesus. Elijah is representative of the defense to worship God and Him only while Moses represents the giving of the law. Without true worship, the law is a useless exercise; without the law, worship is a sterile exercise of meaningless rituals. But together they both testify to the Deity of Jesus Christ as the mediator between God and man. And as a third witness to complete a Trinitarian confirmation, the voice from heaven (reminiscent of the baptism of Jesus) supplied plenty of evidence.
     This was a glimpse of what was to come. Like the three disciples, believers will also see the transfigured glorified Christ someday. What a day that will be!
Pray with me: Lord, I read the preview account of Your glory and I am amazed at the events and the meaning of what occurred. Help me to deepen my walk with You so I will also be transformed when I see the glorified Christ. 


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