Big Idea: Although our Christian lives may be difficult, it will be worth it all when we move through the veil and see Jesus.

Definition of Transfiguration: (Webster’s) a change in form or appearance; metamorphosis.

An exalting, glorifying spiritual change.

And he said to them, Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”  Mark 9:1 ESV

Under normal circumstances of life, we must taste death, before we pass through the veil and experience transfiguration, but Peter, James and John got a foretaste of their future glory while still alive. Peter and John both wrote about their experiences in their letters.

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honour and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.  2 Peter 1:16-18 ESV

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 ESV

  1. In this incident, Jesus was encouraging his disciples, that even though their lives and assignments would be difficult, in the end would be victory and glory. It would be worth it all.

 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

And Peter said to Jesus, Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.

And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”

And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. Mark 9:2-10 ESV

  1.  There was a glorious change in Jesus as he moved from his earthly body into his heavenly one. 

There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 1 Corinthians 15:40-41 ESV 

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV

  1. Moses and Elijah appeared, and the three disciples immediately recognized them. 

Moses represented the Law of the Old Testament, and Elijah, the first of the prophets, represented the prophetic writings. Both of them got to see what the fulfillment of their writings was to be. There are two ways that believers will get to heaven and see the glory of God’s Kingdom. Through death, like Moses, or through resurrection, like Elijah.

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.  1 Corinthians 15:50-51

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

  1. Peter made the mistake of wanting to continuously live in that holy moment, and even to build a Temple, which would be the center of their ministry. 

And Peter said to Jesus, Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.
Mark 9:5 ESV

  1. Father God spoke through the Shekinah glory. “This is a picture of your future. As of now, keep listening to Jesus and go back to work”. 

The glory of God’s presence was represented by a shimmering silver cloud. When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door.  Exodus 33:9-10 ESV

But although we enjoy God’s continuous presence, we were never intended to live continuously in a state of ecstasy. We live in a real, and difficult world and we each have an assignment to accomplish.  So He said, A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.  And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, Do business with this until I come back.’  Luke 19:12-13 NASB

We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.”  John 9:4 NASB

For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,  each mans work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each mans work.  If any mans work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.  1 Corinthians 3:11-14 ESV