Epiphany to Lent: The Transfiguration

In this season of Epiphany, we focus on God’s fulfillment of unfailing promises, the promise of new life through Jesus, faithfulness, ministry, blessings, guidance, freedom, and the promise in the transfiguration of what is to come. God is made known and will be made known.

The promises that God gives us are unfailing. The promise and wonder of the Transfiguration reminds us to lift up our eye to God. The Transfiguration showed the disciples Jesus was who he said he was. Peter, James and John were given the privilege of seeing Jesus’ divine nature.  Later Peter would write about the Transfiguration, “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16).

But what about us? How does Jesus’ Transfiguration serve as a promise of what is to come for us?

The Transfiguration assures us, reveals to us, who Jesus is. Jesus is not just a good example to follow when we want to know what to do or how to act. Jesus is the son of God.

When our faith is focused on Jesus who was “transfigured” before the eyes of the disciples so that they could see Jesus’ divine glory as his clothes became “dazzling white.” When our faith is able to see Moses and Elijah who appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration, we can know that the Transfiguration is indeed a glorious promise of what’s to come for us. Transfiguration prepares the way for the cross. The Transfiguration bridges our journey from Epiphany to Lent. The Transfiguration is the climax.

As we prepare to enter into the season of Lent let us pray that we will let the light of the Transfiguration guide us along the way. What is waiting for us beyond the grave is Jesus manifesting his glory and his identity as the Son of God. What is waiting for us is the anticipation of living eternally with God.

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