Apr. 2. The Transfiguration

Mt. 17:1-13; Mk.9:2-13; Lk. 9:28-36

Six days later, Jesus went up on a high mountain to pray and He took Peter, James and John with Him. These three men had become leaders who seemed to be closer to Him than the other apostles. It was probably dark because Jesus usually prayed at night and while He was praying, the men went to sleep.

While He was praying, Jesus was transfigured (transformed; changed). His face shone like the sun and His clothing became dazzling white. To make the scene even more unusual, Moses and Elijah appeared and Jesus talked with them about His death.

When the apostles woke up they were afraid and did not know what to do or what to say. Recognizing Moses and Elijah, Peter said, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

Since Peter made Moses, the lawgiver and Elijah, a great prophet equal with Jesus, God spoke to them from a bright cloud and said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Even as great as they were, there is One greater. Jesus, the Christ is to be the object of our worship.

Jesus commanded Peter, James and John not to tell the things that they had seen until after He had been raised from the dead because the general population was not ready for that kind of news.