Study of Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-36 Answers to study question for BSF Lesson 18 Day 2
3. Aspects of the Transfiguration:
a. The place—an unspecified high mountain. (Unspecified is probably a good thing.)
b. The people—Jesus, Peter, the brothers James and John
c. Before this, Jesus prophesied what was coming in the days ahead—His arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. He also explained the role of the cross in the lives of those who want to follow Him. Then there is a six-day gap. (Luke says about eight days.)
4. a. While Jesus was in prayer, the glory of His Father began to change His appearance from the inside out. Light as bright as the sun shone out of His face. His clothing gave off bright light also. This reminded me of Revelation 21:23. So awesome!
b. Peter was an eyewitness of Jesus’ majestic glory—a preview of the second coming. He heard the audible voice of God declaring, “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of all my delight.” (MSG)
c. I believe it was both. Jesus received strength for the events to come, and the three closest to Jesus were eyewitnesses of this life-changing event. A fact is established by two or three witnesses.
5. Connections between the following verses and Matthew 24:30; 26:62-64:
John 1:14 — John connects the glory He saw the glory everyone will see when Jesus appears in the clouds. (Interesting that the text identifies the clouds of heaven. We now have clouds servers. Probably a silly observation.)
John 17:1–5 — John records the “Lord’s Prayer” to the Father. In it He asks God to glorify Him so that He, Jesus, will glorify God. In this Jesus states the true purpose of His own glory. He knows that God sent Him into the world. He also knows that He has completed the work God sent Him to do. The glory seen in the transfiguration was the same glory Jesus shared with God pre-incarnation.
Acts 26:13–14 — Jesus again appeared in His glory—the blinding light—to Saul who He renamed Paul. Paul also heard an audible voice letting him know He was fighting against the Holy One sent by God. Jesus made Paul an eyewitness and called Him to witness to the Jews and the Gentiles. Paul became one of the first to mourn and repent when He saw Jesus in His glory.
Philippians 2:9–10 — This is very similar to Matthew 24:30 which speaks of every man on earth mourning when they finally realize Jesus is the Son of God.
Revelation 1:13–17 — That description gets to me every time I read it. The part about His eyes reminds me of a vision I had once. I thought I had written about it, but I can’t seem to find it. Perhaps I haven’t, and I should. At the time of the vision, in which I saw His eyes glowing like flames, I had not paid attention to the description in Revelation and did not recall it.
The bright light emanating from His face glowing like the sun is also mentioned in Matthew’s account. An awesome thought and memory to end this day! I will fall asleep tonight meditating on His glory.