Lk.9:34,35 – While Peter was still speaking, a radiant cloud of glory formed above them and overshadowed them. As the glory cloud enveloped them, they were struck with fear. Then the voice of God thundered from within the cloud, “This is my Son, my Beloved One. Listen carefully to all he has to say.”
The Transfiguration was a foretaste of the coming kingdom. Think about it, the Son of God has existed and enjoyed intimacy with the Father from eternity. The Son of God became the Son of Man when He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin, Mary. He was named Jesus and raised as the son of Joseph the carpenter. He began His ministry at thirty and was preparing for His death. After His death and resurrection Christ would take His place at the Father’s right hand, as a glorified man. The transfiguration is a foretaste of the coming kingdom. The disciples glimpsed the coming glory of Jesus on the mountain that day. Soon, Jesus would enter that glory. Soon we would enter that glorious state as well. Here are some thoughts from Martin Luther on today’s passage.
“Three persons and one God—they appeared as distinguishable. The figures are different from one another: there is the Father who speaks, the Son about whom the Father speaks and the Holy Spirit . . . in the shining cloud. This we confess in the Apostle’s Creed. Since the gospel has been revealed, we should believe this…..Among us simple people we do not speculate but are taught. True faith is that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the one God. The Son became human, and he died and gave us the Holy Spirit who gives us the sacrament, consolation, strengthens us and leads us into eternal life. Otherwise no one’s faith—not any single person’s`—has endured for long.”
Peter, James, and John saw the edge of Who Jesus is and how He would appear in eternity. Years later I’m sure John remembered this day when he was caught up into heaven by the Spirit. His first vision was seeing Jesus in that place of glory. He saw Him as a lion and as a sacrificed lamb. He saw Him in His glory on the throne and saw all creation bowing in worship before the Lord. This is what we are praying for when we pray ‘Let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven’. Lord, let Your kingdom come, let the whole earth be filled with Your glory.