Matthew 17:1–8 (ESV)
17 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the
sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you
wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved
Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise,
and have no fear.” 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
There are a lot of things
in nature that are absolutely beautiful. Take for instance a worm that encapsulates itself in a cocoon. The worm metamorphoses into a butterfly. It is no longer a worm, but is something different. This is the word used for the transfiguration.
It comes from the Greek word metamorphosis. Jesus changes from his human nature into his divine nature. Notice how the change is described. “2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone
like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. His face went from non-shining to shining! There was a change, a metamorphosis. Peter didn’t really know how to respond and kind babbles out “Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” God interrupts Peter to the point that the disciples fell on their faces and were terrified. God speaks the same words that he spoke at Jesus’s
baptism. “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” but God adds this statement on: “Listen to him.” Important words… “listen to him”.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not only know you, but to also listen to you. Help me to be obedient to your Word. Amen.