The Transfiguration – The Passing of the Torch

There were six authority figures at the top of Mt. Tabor and one in the heavens during the Transfiguration.  Moses and Elijah, both of whom had mountaintop experiences with God during the Old Testament, stood transfigured with Jesus Christ.  Moses represented the Law and Elijah represented the Prophets; both shone with a heavenly light. After the Father’s voice came from the cloud, “This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;  listen to Him,”  only Jesus remained.

The internal painting of the church of St. Anne, an illustration of the Transfiguration. The author - Ivan Protsiv.
The internal painting of the church of St. Anne, an illustration of the Transfiguration. The author – Ivan Protsiv.

Both the Law and the Prophets were anointed by God, but Jesus stands apart as the Father’s only begotten Son.  The Old Testament’s role was to testify to Him.

What of those other figures present: Peter, James and John?  These men were having their mountaintop experience right then.  Later they became the leaders of the New Testament church and their job was also to testify to Christ.

Jesus, who has dominion over all of heaven and earth, gave the Keys of the Kingdom to Peter.  Jesus is present in those called to Kingdom authority. We see them in their human un-transfigured state much the same way the Israelites viewed Moses and Elijah.  For those unfamiliar with their stories, both were driven to beg God for death rather than continue to deal with the Israelites.  God wisely strengthened them instead.

James was the first of the apostles to face martyrdom.  The sacrifice of Jesus is present whenever anyone in the Body of Christ dies for the faith.  As Jesus told St. Paul, “Why do you persecute me?”

Finally, there was John, the contemplative.  He saw not the birth of a child but the Word of God present from before creation being made flesh and dwelling among us.  Jesus still speaks through His saints both present and past.

If you wish you could experience Jesus, He is still here in an un-transfigured state.  He still governs through His authorities, He still is sacrificed with His martyrs, and He is still speaking through His scriptures and through His saints.

When we get to heaven we will see others the same way Peter, James and John saw Moses and Elijah.  We will also see ourselves in a new light.  Our testimony will be united with all of theirs that Jesus is the Father’s  beloved Son.  “Listen to Him.”

Scripture referenced: Matt 17:1-9, Ex. 33:17-23, Num.11:11-15, 1 Kings 19:1-16, Acts 9:4

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