The Transfiguration

Matthew 17 verse 5

Did you know one day Jesus took a hike up a high mountain with three of his disciples, and at the top He was transfigured into shining glory right in front of them?!  It happened, and it is recorded in the Book of Matthew.  Jesus showed His true power and glory for just a quick moment to Peter, James, and John, and it is recorded for eternity.

Mount Tabor where transfiguration happened
Mount Tabor in Israel (Matthew 17:1-13, The Transfiguration)
Sea of Galilee 8 Mount Tabor
Sea of Galilee from top of Mount Tabor

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.  Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.  If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.  Listen to him!”

Matthew 17:1-5

That is a short section of Scripture that is incredible!  Peter, James, and John were blessed to see Jesus in His shining glory, hang out with Moses and Elijah, and hear God’s voice!  The Lord’s glorious light was literally shining all around them!  Then, if that wasn’t enough, God envelopes them in a bright cloud and speaks to them!

Look at how the men react in verses 6-8:

“When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them.  “Get up,” he said.  “Don’t be afraid.”  When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.”

Matthew 17:6-8

We would have reacted the same way!  Notice how Jesus responds to the men though.  He touches them gently, and tells them to not be afraid.  I love that!

He is so mighty and powerful, and they had just seen His glory and heard God’s voice, yet He is so gentle and caring that He calmed the men even though they were terrified at that moment.

Remember that, today and always.  Jesus is powerful and glorious, but He is also gentle and He comforts us.  The transfiguration shows He can be both at the same time!  Don’t be afraid to come to Him today.  He is saying to you, “Don’t be afraid.”

God bless you all!

Mark 2 verse 5

Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2023 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

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