February 23, 2020 – Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus’ transfiguration – His dramatic change in appearance, being joined by Moses and Elijah and hearing the audible voice of God – was terrifying for the disciples. But it was also reassuring from them. It gave them a perspective as they were trying to come to terms with what Jesus had told them would happen to Him in Jerusalem.
Jesus’ transfiguration showed them a glimpse of God’s purpose, and how it was far greater than the events of their time – or ours. As Peter later related in his letter, the mountaintop experience dramatically reminded them that God knew the end from the beginning.
Perhaps more readily than us, as those who had been brought up on the words of the prophets and the much talked-about return of the Messiah, the transfiguration gave them a glimpse of heavenly glory – the glory they associated with the King or kings at the end time. They had seen a trailer for the sequel!
This gives us the same confidence: In all of life we do not understand, God has a plan, and He knows the end from the beginning. We can trust Him!