Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Food for Thought:
One of my favorite lines in this passage is when Jesus tells the disciples to get up and do not be afraid. I am sure the disciples are thinking, “Don’t be afraid. Sure, you were just glowing and dead people were talking to us, but surely we won’t be afraid.” There are times in our lives when fear strikes into our hearts. We are fearful of the future. We are fearful of the unknown. We are fearful of dying. We are fearful that things won’t turn out all right. But I think the reason Jesus tells the disciples not to be afraid is because God is with them in the midst of their fears. God will stand beside us, hold our hands and offer words of encouragement when we are scared out of our minds. Throughout Scripture, we are reminded that God is with us, no matter what we may be going through. God never leaves us, never forsakes us. We have this amazing promise of faithfulness.
O God of the covenant, the cloud of your splendor and the fire of your love revealed your Son on the mountain heights. Transform our lives in his image, write your law of love upon our hearts, and make us your faithful disciples so that we may lead others into your presence. Amen.