The Departure


     The significance of the Transfiguration is that the Old Testament redeemer, Moses, has been fulfilled by the coming of the "new Moses", Jesus. The Messianic Age has come. The Old and New Testaments now testify to Jesus being the Messiah, standing in the center of time. Peter's suggestion about building the three booths is a rejection of Jesus' teaching about the necessity of his suffering. The disciples are encouraged to enter the kingdom of suffering, rather than a kingdom of power. Peter wants to seize the moment of glory and extend it, thereby eliminating all the struggles and doubts inherent in the future to which Jesus has called him. Elijah is important because Malachi 4:5 predicted a re-occurrence of Elijah to announce the day of God's coming. The voice from heaven at the Transfiguration also rebukes Peter over his nearsightedness to the things of the Kingdom of Heaven, when God says in the cloud, “Listen to Him.” Jesus is wanting His disciples to become farsighted in their quest for spiritual understanding rather than a religious reward.     Do you find it difficult to separate what you want from God, that is a nearsighted immediate religious reward, from a farsighted spiritual understanding, which is what God really wants us to seek? The Transfiguration of Jesus has all of the elements needed for one to see the future fulfillment as Jesus discusses “His departure” with Moses and Elijah. Peter's inability to touch the spiritual will cause him to miss the true understanding needed for a disciple of Jesus to preach the gospel of Christ correctly. Do you look for God to  do for you when times are tough; or when times are tough, do you see with deeper spiritual understanding, how you must long for the future Kingdom? This could be the reason that God is so adamant to suggest that we hear Him when He says twice in the New Testament, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!”  May we all seek greater spiritual understanding from the teachings of Jesus, rather than a religious reward.