The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ

The account of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ is recorded in Mark 9:2-9. Parallel passages are found in Matthew 17:1-3 and Luke 9:28-36. The transfiguration was a demonstration to three witnesses that Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be.

In all three accounts of the transfiguration, we are given the names of the three disciples who accompanied Jesus and who stood as human witnesses to the glory that was Christ’s. These witnesses were James, John and Peter. The scriptures also point out there were three heavenly witnesses to Jesus’ transfiguration. They were Moses, Elijah and the voice of God from heaven.

As a result of these witnesses, the old testament law of two to three witnesses required to attest to any fact was satisfied on earth and in heaven. The law is found in Deuteronomy 19:15.

The word “transfigured” is a very interesting word. The Greek word is “metamorpho”, meaning to transform literally or figuratively to metamorphose or to change. It also means “to change the outside to match the inside.”

Jesus’ divine nature (God in the flesh) was “veiled” in his human form and the transfiguration was a glimpse of that glory.

Why is Jesus’ transfiguration important to us? His changing the outside to match the inside is something that we as Christians should try to achieve. That is our Christian beliefs and attitudes should be displayed by our actions and what we say.

As a Christian we should think twice before we speak or act because what we say or do reflects on us personally and all believers in Jesus Christ. Walking this road can be difficult at times but it’s not impossible.

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