"Transfiguration is Profitable"
Many of us are excited to watch the sneak preview of a movie. In our Gospel reading today, Jesus revealed His divine glory to a selected few: Peter, James and John had a glimpse of His coming Kingdom in the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. This was the glorification of His human body. His face shone like the sun, His clothes became dazzling, and a voice was heard from the cloud saying, “This is my Son Whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:1-3, 5).
Jesus was fully and truly God, but also became fully human. As a man, He died for our sins. The transfiguration takes a peek at the divine nature of Christ, but He was certainly still very much human, as well. The experience of Peter, James and John on the mountain took away any possible doubt. Seeing Jesus transformed, and hearing God’s voice made them absolutely certain of Who they were following. Jesus was really and truly God.
Some years later Simon Peter wrote, “For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain.” (2 Peter 1:16:18)
As Christians, we too should experience transfiguration in our lives. When we diligently seek and follow Him every day we are changed from glory to glory, because Christ is in us. We hear Him, we know His presence is with us, and His glory is revealed to us and in us. We become His witnesses.
May we all be excited for His coming, holding fast our faith as we await for Jesus in His majestic, awesome power. “Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.” (Psalm 99:9”)