What are we going to become? What did Jesus show his disciples about his position? What kind of hope do we have? The transfiguration of Jesus answers all these questions. Jesus, before he was arrested, showed his three important disciples, Peter, James, and John, a glimpse of the kind of glory he has. On the transfiguration mount, Jesus was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became dazzling white. Moses and Elijah appeared to him. The three disciples were watching in utter shock.
There could be many reasons why Jesus showed this glimpse of his glory but two things come to me powerfully. Firstly, before his suffering and crucifixion, Jesus wanted to show his disciples who he really is. The voice from heaven made clear the pre-eminence of Jesus. Jesus is above both Moses and Elijah. The suffering that he would go through is for us, the human race. Secondly, the assurance is given to the followers of Jesus that they too will share Jesus’ glory. Therefore, the suffering that we go through on this earth is worth undertaking as the glory on the other side is indeed great. Hence Paul said in Romans 8:18 ‘I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.’ Yes, keep up the good work. Fight the good fight. Your reward in heaven is no way comparable. God bless!