As he (Jesus) was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.
Every morning, as the twelve disciples gathered together for another day at the feet of this great teacher named Jesus, they were sitting at the feet of a human being. He looked like a man, he talked like a man, he ate and slept like a man, all because he is a man! And yet, he isn’t just a man. He is also the true God. And in this portion of Luke chapter 9 we, along with three disciples, get to see Jesus reveal a glimpse of his divinity.
If you find yourself daydreaming after you read a portion of God’s Word like this one, you’re not alone. It’s awesome to try and picture what this scene looked like. It’s awesome to stand next to Peter, James and John and witness this glimpse of Jesus’ glory.
And yet, if we read this portion of Luke chapter 9 and only see Jesus’ glory, we’re missing something! Read that last verse again. “Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.” As Jesus is revealing a glimpse of his glory he’s also discussing the mission he came to fulfill with two men who helped prepare the way for his coming. They’re talking about Jesus impending death!
As we receive encouragement from Jesus in this reminder that he is truly God, we also see Jesus receiving encouragement! Moses and Elijah didn’t come to put on a show for us and for these three disciples, they came to encourage Jesus. As Jesus walked to the cross in order to give his life for the sins of all people, as true man, Jesus needed encouragement! And boy is that good news for us! As true God, Jesus knows all your needs, but as true man, Jesus understands your needs. He understands the stresses and hardships of this life. He knows exactly what we’re going through on a daily basis and understands how those stresses and hardships impact us.
Jesus’ sacrifice for the sins of the world guarantees that we will one day get to experience the glory we see a glimpse of in Luke chapter 9. But until that day when we join Moses and Elijah in glory, we know our Savior is there for us, and we know he understands. The next time you feel the pressures of this world bearing down on you—remember the encouragement Jesus received when the pressures of his mission to save the world were bearing down on him. He understands what you’re going through, and wants to encourage you. Go to him in his Word. Go to him in prayer. He’s there for you!
Blessings on the rest of your week and hope to see your at our Ash Wednesday worship service!