Beholding the Glory of the Lord

Matthew 17:1-9

“Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’”

Jesus knows his time with the disciples is short. He has tried to prepare them for his betrayal, death and resurrection. They struggle to understand the things that are about to happen.

Jesus gives them this gift of revelation. Up on the mountain, Peter, James, and John behold Jesus in his glory. It is a life-changing experience for all of them. To confirm their vision of Jesus in his glory, the Lord speaks to affirm his Beloved Son.

All four of the Gospel writers confirm Jesus’ transfiguration. This experience was not just for them but for us. They beheld his glory; now, we are called to do the same.

How do you behold the glory of the Lord?