Mk.9:2 – After six days, Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, Jacob and John, and hiked up a high mountain to be alone. And Jesus’ appearance was dramatically altered, for he was transfigured before their very eyes!
Jesus taught His disciples to focus on the kingdom of God for their prayers. I guess to focus on the kingdom we must understand what it is. Paul said the kingdom of God was, not physical but “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit”. The kingdom both Jesus and Paul were speaking of is a spiritual kingdom. It is not apparent to our natural senses, our spiritual perception has to be awakened to glimpse this hidden kingdom. The Transfiguration pointed the disciples in that direction. Here are some comments from the notes in the Passion Translation pointing us toward that secret kingdom.
“This manifestation of the power of God’s kingdom realm could be seen in three dimensions. (1) Beginning with v. 2, the kingdom power of God was seen in Jesus’ transfiguration and the appearing of Moses and Elijah on the mountain. (2) Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into glory inaugurated a new era of God’s kingdom power. (3) The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which brought to birth the church of Jesus Christ, and extended God’s kingdom realm to all the earth.”
These notes point out three aspects of the kingdom shown by the Transfiguration. The kingdom of God consists not only in wisdom but in power. The power of God is evident as we see the glory of Christ in this passage. The veil blocking His glory is lifted momentarily that the power of God might be displayed. This passage also points to the resurrection and the glorification of Christ. The glorification of Jesus as a man marks the beginning of this new kingdom age. The final observation is that all of this made Pentecost possible. Because of the cross, resurrection, and glorification of Christ the Holy Spirit is now poured out on all mankind. This is the kingdom that Jesus came to establish and we are enjoying today. We now taste the edge of it as we are filled with the power of His presence. The day is coming when Christ will return and the whole earth will be filled with the Spirit of God. All I can say is; Lord let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.