|THE TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS CHRIST!
|Transfiguration by Lodovico Carracci, 1594, depicting Elijah, Jesus, and Moses with three Apostles
Jesus Christ is the Son of God in person! This makes him God in Person, too!
The New Testament book of Matthew, chapter 27 shows the sturdy Roman Centurion, the commander supervising Jesus'
execution, fearing greatly and saying:
"Truly this was the Son of God,"
when he saw the great earthquake of other great events at the end of the Crucifixion.
is NOT just another religion!
The page title above, comes from the
New Testament book of Hebrews chapter 1.
Jesus could not possibly be the "brightness
of God's glory and express image of his person," without being, himself God!
Greek word, "character," underlying "express image," is used ONLY in this one
place in the Bible.
Blue Letter Bible cites the appropriate meaning for this word: "the exact expression (the image) of any person or thing, marked
likeness, precise reproduction in every respect, i.e facsimile"
details of Christ's, stature, bearing, supernatural abilities, character, etc., as seen in the New Testament, plainly witness
to Jesus' genuine deity.
Saint Paul, in his letter, Colossians 2:8-10: warns his readers:Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all
the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all
principality and power:
Paul's letter of 1 Timothy 3:16 may be the most powerful verse on Christ's deity:
without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen
of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
The King correctly
says, "God was manifest in flesh," modern versions wrongly, sadly, weaken this to an ambiguous
See my article God Was Manifest in Flesh.
See also my article on Substitutionary Atonement because the vicarious atonement provided by Christ's innocent, sacrificial death is also
unique to Christianity and it is absolutely indispensable for eternal salvation, with God.
Perhaps as many as 300 Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in Christ's life.
A very well know one is from Isaiah 9:6-7:
6For unto us a child
is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it,
and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform
We find the fulfillment of this passage in the Gospel of Matthew 1:21-23:21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his
people from their sins.
22Now all this
was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us.
In Matthew 2: we find another fulfillment of prophesy:
when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have
seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of
them where Christ should be born.
5And they said unto him, In
Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that
shall rule my people Israel.
Reading through the New Testament will locate
many many other fulfilled prophesies.
Also check my web page on the Crucifixion prophesy from Psalm 22:16
Here is an important testimony to the reliability of the Bible and Bible prophesy.
Judeo - Christianity stands alone in some least 1500 years of archaeology and Old Testament Bible history going hand
Particularly exciting has been the many Red-Sea-Crossing web sites showing impressive
evidence to the truth of the bible account of the Exodus and Red Sea Crossing.
of these are:
Wyatt Archaeological Research and Red Sea Crossing Discovered
A web search for "Red Sea Crossing" will find many more excellent sites.
I want to comment that this research and sites seem be done by competent, motivated, buy non-professional-religious
There is a real war going on between the forces of good and evil. See my page on
President Woodrow Wilson's words.
Also my page Put on the Whole Armour of God.
These findings on the Red Sea Crossing archaeology
seem to have come to light in just the last 30-40 years.
I am very very greatly persuaded that
the professional religious leaders of this world DO NOT WANT this stunning evidence on the "Crossing" to come to
It very powerfully confirms some of the greatest events in Judeo-Christian history, the
Exodus, the Crossing, the giving of the Law on Mt Sinai, and many other important details.
I very much think that powerful world leaders are pushing Islam hard to compete very aggressively with Christianity.
So, it is important we be conversant in the very powerful main points that distinguish Christianity from other religions.
The Transfiguration of Christ up on
the mountain is SO stunning!
I include, here, the bible text plus commentaries from Wikipedia and from JFB.
The New Testament Gospel of Luke 9:28-36:
27But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste
of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to
29And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance
was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
32But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his
glory, and the two men that stood with him.
33And it came
to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles;
one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
34While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into
35And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying,
This is my beloved Son: hear him.
36And when the voice
was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had
37And it came to pass, that on the next day, when
they were come down from the hill, much people met him.
This miracle is unique among others that appear in the Canonical gospels, in that the miracle happens to Jesus himself. Thomas Aquinas considered the Transfiguration "the greatest miracle" in that it complemented baptism and showed
the perfection of life in Heaven.
|“||"This is my Son,
whom I love. Listen to him!" – Mark 9:7||”|
In addition to the principal account given in the Synoptic Gospels; Peter describes himself as an eyewitness "of
his sovereign majesty." Second Epistle of Peter (2 Peter 1:16-18) and the Gospel of John may also briefly allude to the event (John 1:14).
According to the Gospels, Peter, James, son of Zebedee and John the Apostle were with Jesus upon the mountain. The transfiguration put Jesus above Moses and Elijah. It also supports
his identity as the Son of God. In keeping with the Messianic Secret, Jesus tells the witnesses not to tell others what they saw until he has risen on the third day after his
death on the cross.
In the narrative, after the voice speaks; Elijah and Moses disappear, then
Jesus and the three apostles head back down the mountain, Jesus tells his apostles to keep the "vision" a secret
until the "Son of Man" had risen from the dead. The apostles are described as questioning among themselves as to what Jesus meant by "risen from the
dead" (Mark 9:9-10).
The apostles are also described as questioning Jesus about Elijah, and He responded
"Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come […]" (Mark 9:12-13). It was commonly believed that Elijah would reappear before the coming of the Messiah, as predicted in the Book of Malachi (Malachi 4), and the three apostles are described as interpreting Jesus' statement as a reference to John the Baptist (Matthew 17:13
Interpretation of the passage
 Moses and Elijah symbolic of Law and the Prophets
readings, as Martin Luther,take Moses and Elijah to represent the Law and the Prophets respectively, and their recognition of and conversation with Jesus symbolize how Jesus fulfils "the law
and the prophets" (Matthew 5:17-19, see also Expounding of the Law).
 Moses and Elijah present as a vision only
The presence of
Moses and Elijah on the mount presents a problem for those churches and individuals who believe in "soul sleep" (Christian mortalism) until resurrection. Several commentators have noted that Jesus describes the transfiguration
using the Greek word orama (Matthew 17:9), according to Thayer more often used for a supernatural "vision" than for real physical events, and concluded that Moses and Elijah were not truly there. Maximus the Confessor said that the senses of the apostles were likewise transfigured to enable them to perceive the true glory
New Testament book of 2 Peter 1:16-18:For we have not followed cunningly devised fables,
when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received from God the Father honour and glory,
when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.