Matthew 17: 1 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!" 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Get up and do not be afraid." 8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
The scriptural reporting of the transfiguration (also referenced in Mark and Luke) has long been a reminder to me to see Jesus only as I make my way through the twists and turns of this life. For me, the image of Jesus comes into view in prayer, study, worship, and interaction with a “cloud of witnesses” who embody faith in a God who sustains all who believe in and listen to Him.
Who are the “faces of faith” in your life who help you see Jesus? Grandparents, pastors, and children come to mind as well as those whose faces look very different than mine.
Open our eyes Lord, to see your face and hear your voice, so we may reflect a faithful presence for others to know you as we face the challenges of this life. Help us to move forward with courage as we focus on you.
May the peace that passes all understanding keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.