Jesus Is Transfigured
6th Sunday of Epiphany
Archbishop Loren Thomas Hines
February 14, 2021
Readings: 1 Kings 19: 9-18
2 Peter 1: 16-21
Mark 9: 2-9
Epiphany allows us to enjoy the life God has given. Transfiguration is the main essence of the Gospel today, which speaks so much of God’s character and power. Mark 9:1 And He said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
It is unfortunate that there is turmoil and confusion with what our minds have been trained by the world’s ways. God says that the Kingdom has already been established. The kingdom is NOW. The Transfiguration gives us the picture that God has a plan. He knows what He is doing. He has things under control. He has a program that He’s following. We also learn that God’s voice is not in the storm. It is not in the earthquake. For His is a still, small voice.
Here we see Him taking Peter, James and John up to the mountain. Some say it is Mount Tabor or Mount Sinai, although this could possibly be Mount Hermon because it is very tall and high. Why is the mountain a place that is significant? Because Moses and Elijah both met God in the mountains. The mountain is a high point and is symbolic of the Kingdom. Why were Moses and Elijah the two men who were chosen? Moses is the Lawgiver and Elijah is the first prophet who brought the voice of God to the people, and together they represent the Law and the Prophets, or the Old Testament. The Transfiguration is an event that shows us the connecting of the old and new testaments. It is a declaration of God’s fullness coming to man. All mankind was to receive the fullness. This was the completion and consummation of the Law and the Prophets. Moses and Elijah were chosen because there was no record of their death. They just “disappeared’ according to scriptures.
In the Transfiguration, Jesus’ clothing was glistening. He was shining like a sparkling light. This is telling us that when He forgives, our sins are wiped away. Ephesians 1 emphasizes that righteousness was given to us. What God did was perfect, and His perfection belongs to us. Jesus in the transfiguration was “transferred” from the earthly form and receiving the anointing. There was a spiritual glow. He was going to the Cross to fulfill His task.
1 Corinthians 15:51 “Listen, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will be changed.”
God put us on earth to glorify Him by taking care of this world. We need to believe in what God has given to us. The world is going to pass away but His kingdom is forever.
Romans 3:21-22 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it. The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.
“This is my Son, Listen to Him.” We should only listen to Jesus and not listen to the world. God brings light into our lives. We should be glistening. People should be able to see the “glow.”
Luke 16:16 The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.
Now we should be preaching the Gospel. When we learn to wait upon the Lord, He will do great things for us. Christ comes to fulfill the Law by going to the cross. He will never fail us. We are growing into the image of God because He is bringing us closer to Him. God’s hope is eternal.