Matt.17:1,2 – Six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
What an amazing miracle. There was the shining face and clothing of Jesus, the appearance of Moses and Elijah, the shining cloud of glory, and the voice of the Father from heaven. What could all of this mean? For me it is a clear picture of the coming kingdom. We see Jesus in this moment as the first glorified human. Jesus became a man when He took on human flesh through Mary of Nazareth. He continues for the rest of time as a man. He became the first fruits of the resurrection. In this miracle we catch a glimpse of the future. There was not only the Lord but also Elijah and Moses appearing in glory. Someday soon we will put on our glorified bodies. Here is how Spurgeon sees this passage.
“While in prayer, the splendor of the Lord shone out. His face, lit up with its own inner glory, became a sun; and all his dress, like clouds irradiated by that sun, became white as the light itself. “He was transfigured before them;” he alone was the center of what they saw. It was a marvelous unveiling of the hidden nature of the Lord Jesus. Then was, in one way, fulfilled the word of John: “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory.” The transfiguration occurred but once: special views of the glory of Christ are not enjoyed every day. Our highest joy on earth is to see Jesus. There can be no greater bliss in heaven; but we shall be better able to endure the exceeding bliss when we have laid aside the burden of this flesh.”
If you read the whole account of the Transfiguration you will notice that the three disciples fell down. Human bodies can’t take much of the unveiled glory. When we put off this mortal and put on our glorified bodies we will be better prepared to enjoy the glory of His presence. So this miracle points to our eternal hope where Christ has entered as a forerunner for us. Yes the kingdom is here but in another sense, not yet. Someday soon we will join Christ in that place just beyond the veil.