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Jesus -- the Guru #36

B. Encouragement to the Followers

Read Matthew 17:1-13.

The Transfiguration

1After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.2There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.3Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

4Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

6When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.7But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”8When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

10The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

11Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.12But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”13Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.


Note:     This event reminds us of the very closing verses of the Old Testament in Malachi 4:4-6. The Old Testament Scriptures are known as “the Law and the Prophets.” Moses is called “the father of the Law,” as God gave the Ten Commandments and many other laws through him. Elijah is known as “the father of the prophets,” as he set the standard of courage and faithfulness for all the Old Testament prophets. Elijah was also expected to return at the time of the Messiah (Malachi 4:5), as Jesus confirmed when speaking of John the Baptist. (vv. 11-12, also Mt. 11:14)

3 – The Father was showing the three apostles that Jesus was the Messiah, the fulfillment of all that the Law and prophets were pointing to.

5 – “cloud” = the sign of God’s Presence in the Old Testament.


As Jesus’ disciple, you too will see your Master in His glory in heaven. You too will receive a new, glorified body like His. You too need this encouragement as you set out to “take up your cross and follow” Jesus.

What did this experience of Jesus in His glory mean to those first disciples? What does it mean to you?

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