LISTEN: Behold the King in His beauty – Luke 9

Rev. John Howanstine notes that the transfiguration is the the hinge point of the gospels. The veil is momentarily parted and the disciples don’t know how to respond to it. Jesus’ very physical presence is transformed before them. He receives face-to-face encouragement from Moses, who represents the sum of the law and Elijah, who represents the sum of the prophets. “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Jesus then says “I must be be rejected, crucified and rise again. I go to my cross and you must go to your cross.” The Lord gives us ‘mountain tops’ to equip us for hard times.

Readings: The Transfiguration – Psalm 99, 2 Peter 1:13-21, Luke 9:28-36