The Transfiguration

The “transfiguration” refers to the mysterious change that occurred to Jesus on the mount: “Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face … More


This passage gives us a record of the transfiguration. This was the only time during Christ’s earthly ministry when He revealed the glory of His person. It is thought by many Bible scholars to have taken place on Mount Hermon above Caesarea Philippi. Jesus had taken Peter, James and John up there to pray (v. 28). At the transfiguration three events take place:

  1. Jesus’ countenance was changed and His clothes glistened (v. 29).
  2. Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus (v. 30).
  3. The conversation was about Jesus’ coming death on the cross (v. 31).

Warren Wiersbe says,"This may well have been the greatest Bible Conference ever held on earth!"  You certainly had the greatest speakers: Moses, representing the law; Elijah, the prophets; and Jesus, who came to fulfill the Law and the prophets (Matt. 5:17).

While all of this was taking place the three disciples were fast asleep and were surprised by what they saw when they awoke (v. 32). Peter was so impressed that he immediately suggested that they build three tabernacles or shrines (v. 33). When he suggested making these tabernacles he may have been thinking of the Feast of Tabernacles, when shelters were set up to commemorate the Exodus, God’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Peter, James, and John experienced a wonderful moment on the mountain, and they didn’t want to leave. While he was speaking, a cloud surrounded them and God said, “This is my beloved Son: hear Him” (v. 35). Immediately the cloud was gone and they were again alone with Jesus (vv. 34-36).


It seems that Peter got in trouble because he spoke before really knowing the facts. I need to be careful that I do not speak before I know what the facts are.

Luke 9:28-36 (English Standard Version)

Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah"-- not knowing what he said. As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!" And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

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