Luke 9:28b-36: the Transfiguration of Jesus
It is important to note the passages leading up to the transfiguration (mission of the twelve, eschatological feeding, confession of Peter, passion prediction, conditions of discipleship) and how they form a synthesis of Christian life. What is the purpose of following Jesus, and where will it all lead? The transfiguration can not only be seen as foreshadowing of the glorification or the resurrection, but it is the promise that discipleship can bring both to this life and the life to come.
It is also important to note the significance of Moses and Elijah, representing the Law of the Prophets and how these two were rejected as was Jesus. Are there times when we feel rejected when we speak Truth? The voice from the cloud resonates with the voice from the baptism of Jesus only the difference is that the voice at the baptism is in the second person which would lead you to think that only Jesus could hear “You are my beloved Son…” and now the voice is in the third person directed to others so the disciples could hear “This is my chosen Son, listen to him” (v.35). How is God speaking to us and showing us the way and are we distracted by the things in this world? The cloud is also an echo from Exodus where the glory of God’s presence is depicted as a cloud (Ex 13-21). God is present at the transfiguration as he is always present with us.
We are all called to follow Jesus and scripture shows us how to live. There will be many mountains we will climb and we are always surrounded by the lives that came before us in Christ like Moses and Elijah. We too, may find ourselves feeling rejected when we stand up for Truth and the Way of the Lord. The Transfiguration becomes part of the promise for those who follow Jesus. Wherever we find ourselves in body mind and spirit, as long as we follow the will of God, we will be transfigured into dazzling glory.