By Not Known
Last week, we examined the question, “Who do you say that I am?” This week, we
have the account of the demonstration of Jesus’ identity. Adding on to the three
disciples (witnesses) were three “heavenly witnesses”, Moses, Elijah and the voice
of God from heaven authenticating Jesus’ heavenly identity. Again, the disciples
They were deeply touched and moved, transformed. Much like what happened to
Jesus in the transfiguration which could easily be translated as transformation
(metamorphosis or morph). A word that indicates a change not just of form but
also of characteristics. Many traditions have placed much emphasis on its
supernatural element. Yet, as we take a closer look, we see the real significance
not just in the change itself but in enabling the disciples to witness the glory
(Shekinah) of God. In other words to enable them to have a glimpse of God himself
attesting to the Sonship of Christ of the heavenly Father.
Therefore, the transfiguration of Jesus Christ was a unique display of His divine
character and a glimpse of the Father’s glory, which Jesus had before He came to
earth in human form. This truth is emphasised for us in Paul’s letter to the
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very
nature (morphe) God, did not consider equality with God something to be
grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature (morphe) of a servant,
being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he
humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is
above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven
and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phi 2:5-11)
The Son of God came to earth in the form of a man to be the true servant of God
and to give mankind the greatest gift ever, eternal life. The transfiguration of
Jesus Christ was a visible sign in the presence of reliable witnesses of the reality of
the power and the glory of God, which is Christ Jesus.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our saviour, and with our transformed lives, we are
the glory of God. Do people around us witness that?