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The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration - Whom Will You Follow Now? 

Who is Your Mentor? 

Look! On the top of that mountain! 
Why, it’s Jesus, wrapped in glorious light! 
But who are those two men on either side of Him? 
Yes! It is Moses and Elijah. 
Wait a minute! How did they know it was Moses and Elijah? 
None had ever seen them. It’s amazing how with the eyes of the Spirit one just knows. 
Amazing! It seems they are promoting Jesus to the world – introducing Him! 

There stood Peter, James and John as though thunder struck. But Peter, always quick on the draw, blurted out: 
Lord, if you wish, I will put up three tabernacles – One for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah. Matthew 17:4. 

Little did he know that this was a preview of the changing of the guard. 

Probably the clearest picture of the passing of the era of Law and the introduction of the new era of faith is in the Mount of Transfiguration record. In Matthew 17:1-8 we see Jesus accompanied by Peter, James and John standing on a high mountain. Suddenly, Jesus the Man was seen for who He really was – the Son of God, Himself. 

At that moment, the past, the present and the future were presented in full view. Moses, the mediator of the covenant of Law that pointed to the need of the coming Messiah, appeared on one side of his Lord. On the other, was Elijah representing all the prophets who had predicted the coming of the same Messiah. Jesus, the central figure, commanded the scene. 

Peter, the ever aggressive one, seized the opportunity to capture and preserve the scene for eternity. Let us erect three tabernacles right here on this mountain, he suggested, one for Moses, one for Elijah and one for Jesus. In his mind, the three personalities were worthy of equal honor. 

Elijah represented the writings of the prophets that the Jews had learned to revere. Moses represented the Torah, or the Law that had become the foundation of Judaism. Peter could not conceive of ever leaving those two crutches behind. Now, he also had Jesus, who in his mind, brought the Law and the Prophets together. He saw them as a complete trinity expressing the revelation of God to mankind. 

Material visibility was reality to Peter. He was accustomed to human structure, to buildings, to organization, to something that he could build and see and control. His eyes had not yet been opened to see into the spiritual realm that transcends the natural. At that moment it seemed that the curtain was drawn, and the screen went blank. When they recovered from their shock, the curtain had re-opened and there stood one lone figure, emanating the glory of heaven. As Jesus had predicted, Moses (the Law) and Elijah (the prophets) were no more. They were gone, never to appear again. Matthew 11:13. Filling the screen was Jesus, alone, clothed with the glory of God. As the disciples looked on in amazement, the voice of the Heavenly Father, the Creator, spoke these words: 
This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. 
LISTEN TO HIM! Matthew 17:5. 

Recovering from their shock, the three looked again, but to their amazement, Moses and Elijah did not re-appear. There in the brilliance of divinity stood one figure –alone! He needed no man to support Him. He needed no human props. Then, out of the heavens a voice summarized the whole Gospel message. Moses, who ruled by law, had fulfilled his purpose. The prophets, represented by Elijah, had completed their mission. Their missions accomplished, both retreated to the pages of history. Jesus alone remained! God Himself had just closed off the past with an exclamation mark and a period. The old era was gone! The new was launched! 

From that point onward, the apostles knew that all truth was inherent in, and came through Jesus. He opened a window into the mysteries of eternity. Henceforth, all that Moses had taught had to be seen and understood through the eyes of Jesus. Everything the prophets had predicted only served to verify that Jesus, in truth, was the promised Messiah. They had fulfilled their purpose and were laid to rest by God. Jesus did not destroy, or to do away with the Law or the Prophets. His life confirmed their authenticity. Their record remains for all eternity as confirmation that Jesus was truly the promised Messiah! 

The purpose of the Law was to show Israel their need of a Redeemer. The Prophets told the people how to recognize the Messiah when He did appear. Their testimonies confirmed Jesus as they appeared there on the Mount of Transfiguration by His side. Once they had presented Him as the Messiah, their work was done, and God removed them from sight. No human can stand on par with the Son of God. The Law and the Prophets were not destroyed. Their missions fulfilled, these two faithful witnesses were then relegated to the pages of history where their record will remain for all time. 

God told the disciples not to continue focusing on Moses, or on the Old Testament prophets. Their assignments were over when John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the Messiah. Matthew 11:13. 
For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 

Henceforth, all that we would ever need would flow from the heart and mouth of Jesus Himself. Jesus personally is the fountain of all wisdom and knowledge. “Hear Him,” God said. 

Is Jesus alone, enough? 
Scripture – the Law and the Prophets, were designed to lead men to Jesus, not to replace or supplement Him. John 5:39. Can He stand alone, today, as He did before Sinai? 

1. Jesus: The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent. John 6:29. 

2. Paul: For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2. 

3. Before Sinai there was no written Word. All guidance was given by revelation, as people’s spirits were open and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Genesis 6:3. 

4. Jesus: Today Jesus invites us to be open and tuned in to His voice. John 10: 1-6. Read by the natural mind, Scripture appears divisive. Seen through the eyes of the Spirit, the same Scripture heals and binds us together in love. 1 Cor. 1:18. 2:14. Eph.1:18. John 13:35. 

5. The Transfiguration is a window into the Spirit realm, through which we see Jesus as everything, from the beginning to the end in God’s plan of redemption. John 1:1-5 and Revelation 1:1 and 1:8. 

The Law and the Prophets, who had been given to Israel to point them to Jesus, had become a distraction and they lost their focus. Let us learn, and not repeat their mistake. 
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith…and is also its Finisher, [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy…that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (Amp). 

Let us not become so accustomed to life in prison that we fear to venture into the freedom Jesus made available to us. He came to open the prison gates and to set us free. 

The evidence is clear. The choice is ours. 

Samuel Pestes e-mail – s.pestes@shaw.ca web-site - www.sendingthelight.com 


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