Matthew 17:1-8 Transcendent Jesus

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

Transcendent Jesus

Jesus, it is hard to believe in someone shining like lightning.  We can produce the effct with special effects these days, but it is still hard to believe.  I do believe it.  I believe that Moses’ face shone because of a particularly close encounter with The Father.  I believe reports that others have shone because of deep experiences with you.  It’s all juts a little surreal.  Man goes up a mountain.  Man shines like lightning.  Man talks to two people long departed.  Two people also glow.  The veil is torn back between the physically mundane world that we see with our dulled senses and the transcendent world where Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords in blazing glory.

I want to see more of that reality so that it doesn’t just sound like an over-zealous sci-fi novel.  I want to see it, but I know I want it for the wrong reasons.  I want it for me and not for others or you.  there is nothing selfless about this request.  When Moses asked to see The Father’s glory, was that proper?  Can we do that?  If we can, then I am asking.  Show me your glory this coming week.


  1. Who did Jesus take with him?
  2. Why were the witnesses to this event limited?
  3. What was Jesus teaching about himself?
  4. How does Jesus in his glory affect you?
  5. How would you live differently if you walked with Jesus and he was shining like lightning?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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