2nd Sunday of Lent
March 16, 2003
Genesis 22:1-2;9:10-13,15-18 II:
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them
up a high mountain.
There his appearance was changed before their eyes.
3 Even his clothes shone, becoming as white as no bleach of this world could
4 Elijah and Moses appeared to them; the two were talking with Jesus.
5 Then Peter spoke and said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah".
6 For he did not know what to say; they were overcome with awe.
7 But a cloud formed, covering them in a shadow, and from the cloud came
this word, " This is
my Son, the Beloved; listen to Him".
8 And suddenly, as they looked around, they no longer saw anyone except
Jesus with them.
9 As they came down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one what they
had seen, until the
Son of Man be risen from the dead.
10 So they kept this to themselves, although they discussed with one another
what 'to rise from
the dead' could mean.
- Mathew , Luke, and Mark all report the Transfiguration in a similar way.
"Jesus took" Peter,
James, and John to the mountain. All three also add a simple phrase, "with
him" (v.2). The
disciples are traveling "with him" on a journey. The disciples must always
travel "with him,"
especially when it is a journey to the cross.
- Verse 2 described the transfiguration as occuring "after six days."
Mark is usually not precise
when it comes to time. This may be a reference to the incomplete creation,
awaiting its "seventh
day," or the time required for purification before entering heaven (Exodus
- Jesus' clothes shone before their eyes (v.3). The original Greek
described these garments as
"whiter, as the bleach of earth is not powerful so to whiten." In other
words, this is not an
earthly event, only heaven can provide such glory.
- The disciples did not understand Jesus messages. First Peter wanted to
build three tents,
because "he did not know what to say" (v.6). Then they argued among
themselves what "to rise from the dead" meant (v.10).
One Main Point
On their journey to Jerusalem, where Jesus would be crucified, the disciples
were shown Jesus' glory. The transfiguration reveals Jesus true identity and anticipates his
resurrection. It is also an
anticipation for those who follow Him: "if we have died with Christ, we
believe we will also live with Him."
- On my journey through life, do I let Jesus travel with me? Do I let
Jesus' words guide me,
as the Father has instructed, "listen to Him?"
- In times of distress, where do I place my hope to help me through the
sufferings, to help me carry my cross?
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