Exodus 24:8–18, 2 Peter 1:16–21, Matthew 17:1–9
This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. It is on this day that we are taken to the mountain top with Peter, James and John in order to watch as our Savior is transfigured or transformed into the vision of all his glory. His clothes become a radiant, intense white that is whiter than bleach could ever make them be. Then, in his glory, he is joined by Moses and
Elijah who have come to speak with him.
For the followers of Jesus, this event is appropriately celebrated at the end of the Epiphany season because it is the answer to the question explored during the season of Epiphany, “Who is Jesus?” In this story, we learn that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the one whom the prophets have proclaimed. Moses spoke the law of God to the people of Israel and now Jesus has perfectly
kept the law as God commanded- something the people of God have always failed to do. Elijah is seen as the greatest of
the prophets whose job it was to speak the word of God to the people of God and now, in the person of Jesus, the Word of God is physically present among his people. No more are the people of God going to be bound by the law or have to wait for the promises of a Messiah to come true because God declares on this mountain top that Jesus is his beloved Son. No ifs, ands, or buts. Jesus is the one God has always promised his people. That is who Jesus is; all of scripture attests to it, God confirms it, so now we believe it.
-Pastor Joshua Errer
O God, in the glorious transfiguration of Your beloved Son You confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of Moses and Elijah. In the voice that came from the bright cloud You wonderfully foreshowed our adoption by grace. Mercifully make us co-heirs with the King in His glory and bring us to the fullness of our inheritance in heaven; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.