Throughout the first half of the book of Luke, we’ve been exploring the question: who is this? Last week we saw a turning point, where the disciples are actually able to answer this question of who Jesus is. This week we come to the Transfiguration, the point where we see God answer the same question. Who is Jesus? He is revealed to Peter, James, and John - in his fullest and most true identity - as the glory of God.
So in this passage we get a picture of the Glory of God in the person of Jesus, the glory that Moses was never able to see on Earth. As we experience his glory, we grow in our knowledge of who this person of Christ is, and we also grow in our knowledge of what it’s like to be in a relationship with him, to listen to his call, and follow him and his mission.
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28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.