Summary: The first sermon gives us a glimpse of Jesus' glory as well as our own, while the second directs our attention to the battle ground in the valley below.
A GLIMPSE OF GLORY
Matt 17:1-8; Mk 9:2-8; Lk 9:28-36
A. Peter had objected to Jesus’ mentioning his death, and Jesus had to put Peter in his place (Matt 16:21-26).
B. About a week later Peter, James, and John were given a privileged-glimpse of the future glory of Jesus (text).
C. Mark says that Peter did not know what to say, but like many of us, that did not stop him from saying something.
I. PETER’S BOLD PROPOSAL
A. Perhaps Peter found this scene so glorious that he just wanted to set up camp there and spend the days in sweet fellowship. However, Luke tells us that they were discussing Jesus’ death, which was about to take place in Jerusalem, so Peter might have been wanting to prevent that (Matt 16:22)
B. Whatever Peter’s motive, God, himself, did the correcting in a most dramatic way.
1. There is an important lesson for us: When we don’t know what to say, don’t say anything.
2. We might think that this experience would have kept Peter from every being impetuous again, but next week we shall witness Peter open his mouth and stick both feet in on the night of Jesus’ betrayal.
C. The incident was, for Jesus, a glimpse of glory, saying, “Stay the course” and for the three to “Stay behind him” (John 12:23-32)
II. THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE DEATH OF JESUS AND THOSE OF MOSES AND ELIJAH MAKES THIS GLIMPSE OF GLORY MORE MEANINGFUL
A. Moses lived to a ripe old age and died out of sight of the multitude and was buried by God himself (Deut 34:5-7).
B. Elijah never tasted death, but was translated (2 Kgs 2:11).
C. Jesus, in contrast, was publically humiliated and forced to suffer for us (Isa 53)
III. IN CATCHING A GLIMPSE OF THE GLORIFIED JESUS, WE CATCH A GLIMPSE OF OUR OWN GLORY
A. The same word used to describe Jesus’ transfiguration is used to describe our transformation (2 Cor 3:18).
B. Our transformation is visible neither to ourselves nor to others for two reasons:
1. Our transformation is not visible to the natural eye (2 Cor 4:16-18).
2. Our life is hidden in Christ (Col 3:3-4; 1 John 3:2).
B. We must glorify God and Christ in life and in death if we hope to be glorified with Christ when he comes (Phil 1:19-26)