About a week after Jesus predicted his death and resurrection, he took Peter, John and James up on a mountain to pray. What happened next blew their minds:
As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. They were glorious to see. And they were speaking about his exodus from the world, which was about to be fulfilled in Jerusalem.
Peter and the others had fallen asleep. When they woke up, they saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him. As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter exclaimed, “Master, it’ s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.
But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them. Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son who brings me great joy, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.
Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.
As they went back down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
Then his disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?”
Jesus replied, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. Yet why do the Scriptures say that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be treated with utter contempt? But I tell you, Elijah has already come, but he wasn’t recognized, and they chose to abuse him, just as the Scriptures predicted. And in the same way they will also make the Son of Man suffer.” Then the disciples realized he was talking about John the Baptist.
(Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36) (NLT)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
The Father himself makes it clear when he declares: “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy, my Chosen One.” He’s also the Son of Man who will suffer greatly for our sake.
2. What exactly should we do?
The Father makes this clear as well: Listen to him!
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