Luke 9:28–36 (ESV)
28 Now about eight days
after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses
and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with
him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things,
a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they
kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
While Jesus is man, he is also God. He has a Divine nature and a human nature. Most of the time while he was on Earth,
Jesus lived in his human nature. When he healed people, made the blind see, the deaf hear, the mute speak, the lame walk, when he drove out demons, walked on water, walked through walls, calmed storms, raised the dead... he was operating through his
divine nature. He had both of these natures at the same time, but withheld his divine nature except when he needed to use it. In today’s reading, we see His Divine nature come out and shine. Like Moses when his face shone when he was
in God’s presence, today... the appearance of Jesus face was altared and his clothing became dazzling white. The other gospel accounts talk about his face shining with light. Jesus face is shining with light, not because he was in the presence
of God, but because he is God. While this is going on, Moses and Elijah appear. Peter is like a babbling idiot and doesn’t really know what to say and God shuts him up by saying “This is my Son, my Chosen one; listen to him!”
Immediately after, Moses and Elijah were gone and Jesus is back to normal. There is so much to write about on this, but I simply want to focus on the Divine and human nature. Jesus has both, but he chose to withhold his divine nature unless he
needed it. Sort of like turning on a light switch and turning it off.
I pray: O Lord, I look forward to seeing you in your Divine nature, to see light coming from you. Help me to trust you
in both your human nature and your Divine nature. You are God, the creator of all things. It is us who put limits on you, but we are wrong. Help us to see beyond our self imposed limits, because it is all we know. Forgive me and help
me to grow in faith. Amen.