In our eyes or in the eyes of many, Jesus was not a normal man. He spoke of spiritual and heavenly things that the normal person could not discern if it weren’t for explanations. In this chapter we see one of the ways Jesus shows us that He was not just a man, but instead the true Son of God, the Father. It was after Jesus’ ascension to heaven after his death that the disciples shared what they saw that day in that high mountain to the rest of the people.
1Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. 2As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. 3Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.
4Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” 6The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.
7Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.
9As they went back down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
10Then his disciples asked him, “Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?”
11Jesus replied, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. 12But I tell you, Elijah has already come, but he wasn’t recognized, and they chose to abuse him. And in the same way they will also make the Son of Man suffer.” 13Then the disciples realized he was talking about John the Baptist.
Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy
14At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, 15“Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
17Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.
19Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”
20“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Jesus Again Predicts His Death
22After they gathered again in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. 23He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.” And the disciples were filled with grief.
24On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?”
25“Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house.
But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?”
26“They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied.
“Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! 27However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”
First of all, in the transfiguration where Jesus is glorified with light Moses and Elijah appear. Why are they so important? Ellen G. White gives a good explanation, “The Father chose Moses and Elijah to be His messengers of Christ, and glorify Him with the light of heaven, and commune with Him concerning His coming agony, because they had lived upon earth as men; they had experienced human sorrow and suffering, and could sympathize with the trial of Jesus, in His earthly life” (White, 329)*. We know that Elijah was a prophet of Israel who did similar work like Jesus. Moses was the intercessor for the Israelites in the relationship between God and his people like how Jesus is with us and the Father today. Seems like the Father made a very good choice of people who could support and encourage Jesus as he prepared to be sacrificed for the world. But he gives them hope because after his death he says he will be raised in three days. It was a claim of victory over sin and he showed assurance of his faith in the Father’s power to raise Him from the dead.
We could learn from his faith. Even though it looks like the disciples still didn’t have a “mustard seed faith.” When the people asked for the casting of a demon the disciples failed to do so because they lacked faith. Jesus told them and it breaks his heart that we don’t have more faith like him. He absolutely believes that nothing is impossible, so why do we? It is much easier to believe and have faith in Jesus, who is rock solid perfect, faithful, merciful, and loving than anything else in this world. He showed Peter that He could make a silver coin appear in the mouth of a fish! That is incredible to the human eye, but if we ask for an increase of faith in our lives Jesus has great things for us. Things that once seemed impossible become impossible. I guess because of His faith and his character people thought or think he was abnormal, but He is the most amazing God! The true and only God in all the universes!
Today’s Prayer: Increase and strengthen in us, Lord the faith you have given us, and bring to a harvest worthy to heaven the praise we offer you at the beginning each day.
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*The Spirit of Prophecy written by Ellen G. White, page 329.