Matthew 17:1-9
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

The imagery of the transformation is so powerful! Shekinah glory is the English translation of a Jewish term often used to describe the manifestationsof God’s presence on earth, as when He lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He lead them as a cloud by day and a firey column by night.

Here the selected disciples see Jesus glorified so that his brightness was painful to look at, like staring into the sun. And then Moses and Elijah, the two must revered men of the Hebrew scriptures. Moses was the giver of The Law and Elijah was the greatest of the prophets and he”walked with God”. Then when God spoke from a cloud, it was too much for the disciples and they fell tho the ground in fearful awe.

In the midst of this overwhelming visual spectacle may well be the most important words in the bible, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” LISTEN to him. If you do nothing else, hear the words that Jesus spoke. If you have a bible with his words in red, thumb through the gospels and the first chapter of the book of Acts and read those words spoken by the Lord Jesus the Christ. LISTEN TO HIM! His words will change your life.

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