Jamie Fuller | Servant Ministry Coordinator
Luke 9:18-36 describes the Transfiguration of Christ. This is when Jesus took three of His disciples — Peter, John and James — up on a mountain with Him to pray and then appeared in radiant glory before them. This happened long before special effects, so their response is not surprising. Whoa, Nelly, they were scared.
Rewind to about 8 days before this…
Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”Luke 9:18-19 NIV
And then He asks them a personal and direct question: “But what about you? Who do you say I am?”
I love how Peter answered without hesitation, “The Christ, the Son of God”.
Jesus immediately starts to tell them about the things He would suffer, that He would be killed and then raised to life on the third day. He tells them what the sacrifice of following Him will look like, that they should not be ashamed of Him, and that there are even some standing there that would see the kingdom of God before they died. (Get ready Peter, John, and James!)
Now, let’s go back up to the mountain, to the moment of Transfiguration.
I’ve read this story many times before, but recently realized that not only did Jesus reveal His identity to Peter, John, and James through His glorious appearance, but this event confirmed to them, who He was not. Sometimes we need to see the contrast to realize there is no comparison.
He showed them that what the crowds were saying wasn’t true. Elijah and Moses were there standing with Jesus and if that wasn’t enough, The Father’s voice confirmed it. While Peter was speaking, God interrupted him to echo back the truth he had proclaimed earlier. A cloud enveloped them and God spoke:
“A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him.”Luke 9:35 NIV
He showed the three closest to Him who He really was and who He was not at the same time.
How awesome is that.
What about you? Who do you say Jesus is? Who do the crowds around you say He is?
Look at what He is doing in your life and you will see not just who He is but who He is not. You will learn to listen to Him. Like Peter, you will see more of what you already believe to be true.
He is for us. He is not against us.
He is the same, yesterday today and forever. He is not changing like the shifting shadows.
He is peace. He is not confusion and fear.
He is the Good Shepherd and He is not leading me astray.
He is truth. He is not a man that He should lie.
He is alive. He is not dead.
He is ever-present and near. He is not distant.
When I see who He is, I will see who He is not.
All else will fade away.
“When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone.”Luke 9:36 NIV