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Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. And behold two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9: 28 – 31)
Matthew, Mark and Luke included this scene, the Transfiguration, in their gospels. John did not, but John wrote his gospel account, thirty years after the other three and mainly filled in the holes which the the first three had overlooked.
Now, we have to remember that the Father is the most awesome and meticulous Director ever. By comparison, anything that Hollywood has ever directed or produced is but a second-rate, shoddy rip-off. You see, when God is the Director, nothing is left for chance. Every detail is planned and arranged ahead of time, and the Transfiguration is one of God’s most majestic events.
Peter, John and James go along with Jesus to pray on a mountain. While the three are praying, Jesus is transfigured into a glorious being, and if that’s not enough, Moses and Elijah appear. The two Old Testament icons talk with Jesus about His soon crucifixion.
“Wait a second!” you shout. “How did Moses and Elijah know what was about to happen to Jesus?”
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. (Romans 8:19)
Moses and Elijah had been looking forward to the Son of God arriving on the scene for hundreds of years. But the important question is not how they knew, but rather, why they were the chosen representatives of all the saints who had died before this time?
Now, we can understand why Moses was selected. After all, he was the man which the Father used to bring the Law to Israel and Jesus was the Lamb of God who fulfilled the Law. Thus, Moses was there to pass the torch to the Lord, the bearer of the better covenant.
But why Elijah? Why not King David who was also a prophet? Or Isaiah? Or Jeremiah? Or Ezekiel?
(Continued in Part 3)