Summary: A sermon for the Tranfiguration Sunday
"Our Lenten Pilgrimage"
17:1* ¶ And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.
2* And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light.
3* And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
4* And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
5* He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
6* When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe.
7* But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”
8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
9* And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.”
Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Saviour, Jesus who is the Christ. Amen
This Sunday marks a time of transition for us in the movement of the church year. This is the, last Sunday of the Epiphany season, with its .emphasis on the revealing
of Jesus, the manifestation of Jesus, the’ showing who this child was that was born in the manger on Christmas.
During this season, we saw Jesus as the healer, the preacher, the fulfiller of the law, the gatherer, as he called his disciples to follow him. We saw him as one who called not the righteous, but the sinner and in that colling people’s lives were changed.’
And today marks the final revelation of the babe born in the manger, we see Jesus revealed a never before. For on the Mount of Transfiguration, we see what Jesus had
been proclaiming about himself, we see for the first time his divine nature. We see Jesus revealed as the son of God. Matthew describes this transfiguration effect that
Peter, James and John saw in Jesus in this manner,"His face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as the light. This was more than an exterior sign; it was
his divinity shining through his humanity that the select friends of Jesus saw. This was for Jesus and the disciples the assurance that Jesus was the Son of’ God, that all he
had proclaimed about himself was indeed true. The transfiguration was a pit stop for Jesus. The heavenly father knowing the tight race his Son was running, flagged him into the pits right before he began his final lap, his final journey to Jerusalem where he would encounter the cross.
And as we end the season of Epiphany, we begin the season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday service this week. We begin our Lenten pilgrimage with the assurance that we are indeed following the Son of God, no impostor, no pretender, but the Son of God who was revealed through this mountain top experience£ .
Mountains have played an important part of God’s experience with humankind. Moses received the 10 commandments on Mt. Sinai, Elijah heard the still small voice of God while hiding in a cave on a mountain, Abraham was to sacrifice Issac on a mountain, the city of Jerusalem was built on a mountain top and here Jesus is transfigured on a mountain top.