This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our Advent journey and our new preaching series entitled “‘Tis the Reason.” This second week of the series takes us to one of the most fascinating stories in all the Gospels. In Matthew 17:1-13, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John with him to a mountain where Jesus is transfigured before them and speaks with both Moses and Elijah. What does the transfiguration tell us about glory and what does that mean for our life with God in the everyday?
This message is part of the seventh part of our longer series on Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” and “Who Do You Say I Am?”
“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!’” (Matthew 17:5)
A Vision of Glory (Matthew 17:1-3)
Jesus and the three
Jesus in conversation with Moses and Elijah (cf. Luke 9:31)
Glory Surpassing Human Comprehension (Matthew 17:4-8)
Peter develops a plan
The divine interruption
Overwhelmed by the glory of the Lord
Elijah and the Messiah to Come (Matthew 17:9-13)
The Messianic secret
Elijah who is to come and has come
Finding Joy in the Glory of Jesus
Celebrate God’s glory revealed in Jesus
Take joy in God’s glory mingled with love and mercy in JesusWorship with awe before God’s glory that surpasses human understanding
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Matthew 17:5
- Read the parallel accounts of the transfiguration in Mark 9:2-13 and Luke 9:28-36.
- Journal, draw, paint, or ink this episode of Jesus’ transfiguration as a way to ponder the message more deeply.
- Explore works of art related to the Transfiguration at the Visual Commentary on Scripture.
- Consider reading an article on the transfiguration
- Ralph Allan Smith, “Jesus on Sinai”