March 3, 2019
The readings for Transfiguration Sunday are
Deuteronomy 34:1-2, Hebrews 3:1-6, and Luke 9:28-36.
We speak of having emotional, mountaintop experiences in life. They’re high points, often after dull or doleful ones. The wedding of an older man and woman may follow their traversing the road of broken hearts or workaday doldrums to make ends meet. For someone who’s blind, that first day on a job breaks the cycle of rejected resumes, waiting, and waiting, and waiting.
Though Jesus takes three of His disciples up on a mountaintop for His transfiguration, He’s not doing it to give a quick, emotional high. Rather, he reveals His glory that they may cling to salvation in Him even as He leads them and us through the valley of suffering and sorrow. For He who was transfigured is the same Jesus who more plainly revealed His glory at the cross in His death in our place.
What greater rebuke could the Savior give than that which He spoke to Peter who wished to keep the blazing moment in place? Jesus calls us to follow him from each mountaintop moment and abide in His tenting among us even till His return.