The Message of Transfiguration

(Reposted SermonThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... »)

(MatthewThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » 17:1-9)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

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TransfigurationThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » Sunday, February 15, 2015

 

Introduction

As our passage says JesusThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » went up on the mountain with other three disciplesThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... ». And there he changed his appearance which we call it transfiguration. He also talked with MosesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » and ElijahThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » in the mountain.

What is transfiguration? The wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » used in verse 2 is metamorphoo which means “metamorphose, to transform, to changeThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », or to transfigure.” This word brings to our mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » the process of a caterpillarThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » turning into a butterflyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ».  It involves a change, in this case, into something glorious.

To understand more visibly the meaning of transfiguration, let’s watch this three-minute videoMitoy to Ellen's Show?. Read more ... » on the metamorphosisThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » of a caterpillar to chrysalis to a beautiful butterfly.


[The video shows the metamorphosis of a butterfly: from being a caterpillar to chrysalis until it becomes a pretty butterfly.]                          

1. The Place of Transfiguration (v.1).

1.1. ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » tradition and JohnThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » WesleyThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that the placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » of transfiguration is said to be on Mount TaborThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », a high mountain. However, Wycliffe writes that the location may be near Caesarea Philippi (Matt 16:13), and others believe that it was on Mount OlivesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... ».

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Anyways, in the present Mount Tabor, the Eastern Orthodox ChurchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » built its church edifice in 1862 with funds from RomaniaThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... ».  Between 1919 until 1924 an impressive Roman Catholic ChurchThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » of the FranciscanThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » order named “Church of the Transfiguration” was built on the peak of Mount Tabor (Wikipedia.comThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... »).

1.2. Wherever it was, Jesus wanted some privacy since he would show his gloryPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » to the people esp. to his inner circle of friends (PeterThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... », JamesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » and John).

1.3. Jesus showed us that sometimes we need some privacy. We need to separate from the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » to prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », and communicate with GodIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... ». We need to switch off our cellphones, our MP3, our IPadThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », our radios, our televisionsThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », and even our mouths and commune with God. In KoreaA System that Korean Church Used to Grow So Rapidly. Read more ... », they have prayerIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » booths in the mountains to commune with God, and they call them “prayer mountains.”

2. The Main Characters in Transfiguration (v.3).

In the Transfiguration storyYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » there are three sets of protagonists/characters: (1) the inner circle among Jesus’ friends; (2) Moses, Elijah, and Jesus and (3) the FatherThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... ».

2.1. Most of the timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » Jesus was accompanied by these three former business associates or fishermen: Simon Peter, James and John (Lk 5:10; 8:51; Mt. 26:37). A questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » was raised in our BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... » study, why Jesus was always accompanied by these three disciples? I believe they belong to the inner circle of friends of Jesus, and besides they were the most trusted among the disciples of Jesus.

It is like in management, we have most trusted people around us who will pursue our plansMy Day's Plan is Changed to God's Plan. Read more ... » according to our visionThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... ». People who will jump when we say jump. They will not complain why do they need to jump, but instead they will ask how many floors do they need to jump.

2.2. Another set of characters in the story is the following: Moses, representing the LawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... », Elijah, representing the ProphetsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », and Jesus ChristThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... », representing the New CovenantYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... ». The appearance of Moses and Elijah reveals that the resurrectionThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » is a reality, and we need to hope for it. Moses and Elijah talked with Jesus concerning His “departure that he would shortly bring about in Jerusalem” (Lk. 9:31).Transfiguration

2.3. God the Father disclosed his presenceHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » when he spoke, and revealed that Jesus was his SonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... ». The Father also revealed that he approved what Jesus was doing.

3. The Messages of Transfiguration (v.5)

We can gather some messages in the story of Transfiguration.

3.1. The Glory of the Son of God (v.2). The transfiguration (changing of appearance) revealed the glory of Jesus as the Son of GodThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... ». “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.” The transfiguration shows our hope of a glorified body for every believer in the future.

3.2. Witnesses for the Christ (v.3). Moses, Elijah and the VoiceMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » (God) were the witnesses of Jesus’ glory and ministryLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... ». The witnesses prove the truthfulness of Jesus’ ministry and missionsCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... ».

3.3. Be Silent (v.4). Peter told Jesus, “Lord, it’s good that we’re here! If you want, I’ll set up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” However, the voiceA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » of the Father says “Keep on listening to him.” Which may mean close your mouth, be silent, and enjoy the moment by watching the scene.

Sometimes we open our mouth since we have many things in mind. We usually believe that what we are thinking is goodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... », and it would be beneficial to many people. However, God is encouraging us to listenThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to Jesus and enjoy the awe of the moment. Can we just kneel down, close our eyes and listen to God in our meditation?

3.4. Listen to Jesus (v.5).  A voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with him. Keep on listening to him!” Indeed, we have many things in mind, but God is reminding us the missionDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » is not ours but of Jesus, thus, we should listen to his planHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... », and his vision. When we have Program Planning, we should ask ourselves first, is this what Jesus wants or it’s only what we want?

Conclusion

For us what’s the meaning of the transfiguration? I suggest that transfiguration means “changes.” It may mean changes of our lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... », changes of our direction and changes of our characters. We can only do that if we do listen and follow Jesus ChristBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » since Jesus’ loveThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » will surely transform us.

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Years ago a sociology professorWhat is Life?. Read more ... » at John Hopkins UniversityThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » in BaltimoreThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » assigned his class to a city slum to interview 200 boys. He told them, “On the basis of your findings predict their future.”

They were shocked at what they found out in the slums. The students estimated that 90% of the boys interviewed would someday serve time in prisonThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... ».

Twenty years later the same professor asked another class to locate the survivors of the 200 boys and compare what happened.

Of the 180 boys they could find only four (4) had ever been to jail.

Why had the predictions by the earlier class proven false?  They proceeded on their research and here’s the finding. A common denominator-over 100 of them remembered having the same high schoolThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » teacher“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... », Miss O’Rourke, who had been a tremendous influence on them at the time.

After a long search, Sheila O’Rourke was found in a nursing home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » in Memphis. When asked for her explanation she was puzzled and replied, ‘All I did was love every one of them’ (illustrationexchange.com).

If the love of manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » changes others, the love of Jesus will surely change each of us.

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