Gospel of Mark | Transfigured | Mark 9.2-4 | movementministriesblog.com

by | Mar 7, 2024

“After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.” Mark 9.2-4

It was like Jesus to take his three closest disciples with him on certain outings. This time, as before, he gathers Peter, James and John and takes them to a place where something very special and unique is going to happen — Jesus will be transfigured before their very eyes.

What does it mean for Jesus to be transfigured? Is it only a physical change (his clothes became dazzling white), or was there also a spiritual and or authoritative conversation/revelation in which Jesus is revealed? The transfiguration is an affirmation and recognition of Jesus’ authority as Messiah. He is confirmed to those listening, as well as to himself, he is the Christ, the Son of God.

Maybe this moment on the mountain was less about Jesus needing encouragement and more for us. But I can’t help but think it served dual purposes. Jesus is publicly recognized as God’s Son (v.7), to those present. Like the voice of God that spoke at his baptism, the benefit was for him as well as for us. Hearing God’s voice audibly is not something I’ve ever encountered — but Jesus heard it multiple times affirming him as Savior, Son and Lord.

Another sign that Jesus was the fulfillment of both the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah) was having these guys show up. This would speak volumes to Jews who heard the story then as well as for readers for years to come. Jesus was not simply the lone Son of God seeking to save the world but he was surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses as he brought to fulfillment God’s promise to save all humanity.

It’s good news for us that Jesus goes before us. Jesus as Messiah, Jesus as Son of God, Jesus as the fulfillment of all of God’s plans. This is the Jesus who died for us, is bringing us along, covering us in his righteous blood. It only makes sense then for us to cling as tightly to Jesus as possible. To find joy in this relationship, hope when life seems dim.

The same God who sent Jesus to earth wants to be in a relationship with us. The same God who spoke audibly to Jesus speaks quietly to our hearts, drawing all sinners before the throne of grace.

Have you responded with a “yes” to God’s love? Have you received his Spirit? Have you allowed him to capture your heart? Now is the day of salvation. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.

“O Lord God, we are sinners saved by your grace. I am so thankful that you are the hope of Heaven. Come now, Holy Spirit, into our hearts we pray. Help us know that you are near and that by your blood we are saved. For you are good and your love endures forever.” Amen