Matt.17:1,2 – Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, Jacob and John, and hiked up a high mountain to be alone. Then Jesus’ appearance was dramatically altered. A radiant light as bright as the sun poured from his face. And his clothing became luminescent—dazzling like lightning. He was trans-figured before their very eyes.
This reminds me so much of David’s one thing: David said it like this,
Ps.27:4 – “One thing I have desired of the LORD,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple.”
Peter, James, and John got the surprise of their lives that day in that prayer meeting on the mountain with Jesus. The glory of the Lord emanated from the Lord and then the glory was manifested in the shining shekinah cloud. This manifestation on the mountain was the inner essence or virtue of Christ being revealed., Here is how Spurgeon describes it.
“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.”
Not only was this a glimpse into the glories of eternity, it was also a glimpse into the beautiful work of redemption. We were once all filthy, polluted by our own sin and sinful behavior. The work of Christ is now transfiguring us into His beautiful image. One day we too will shine, or radiate, with the beauty of the Lord. As Paul said, we are being transformed from glory to glory by the glory of the Lord.