The Vision of Glory

Today's Bible reading: Matthew 17:1-9

On the mount of Transfiguration - just before His descent to the cross -  three disciples are given a glimpse of Jesus heavenly glory.  He appears with Elijah and Moses, men in the Old Testament who talked directly with God and who left this life in mysterious circumstances.  We remember that these two are the two great prophets of the Old Testament.  Jesus is the greatest prophet of all.  Thus, the voice from heaven confirms Jesus as the beloved Son … but also as the final prophet who is to be heard.

Our Gospel reading recounts that Peter wanted to make three tents there on the mountain top – the idea being that the disciples wanted to stay there and bask in the heavenly glory.  But Jesus had to come down from the mountain to resume His way to the cross.  The disciples also had to “come down” from this mountaintop experience, and learn again that there is no way to glory for the Messiah except through suffering and sacrifice.  It was only after the resurrection that all this would make sense.  It is only then that the disciples finally “get it.”  It is only then that Peter comes to realize what His correct confession - “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” - really means.

Prayer: O God, bring us to that mountain where we can see Your glory shine. Let us follow You to the glory of Your cross to celebrate Your power and marvel at Your life given for us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.