Matthew 16:21-28: Your Cross and His Cross

At last, somebody understands Jesus!  Earlier, He tossed this query toward His disciples, “Who do people suppose the Son of Man is?”  Above the others, Peter rose, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Happy with the reply, Jesus responds, “You are Peter [petros].  On this rock, [petra, your confession] I will […]

Exodus 33:17-23: Transfiguration: The Cross Before the Glory

What is glory?  Whatever glory is, rock stars exude its essence, inspiring many a teenager to pick up a guitar or play the drums.  So also top athletes, with an aura of mystery with its drawing power—as long as they are winning.  Earned by their sacrifices, others also hold such an allure.  Do we not […]

Luke 9:28-36: A Preview of the New Creation

Our Lord’s Transfiguration is a like a preview at the cinema, before the featured presentation. You glimpse a smidgen, enough to tug at you later to go to the movie. That’s what the Transfiguration is—a sneak peek, a glimpse of Jesus’ glory as the Son of God, a coming attraction for the kingdom He brings […]

Matthew 17:1-9: Jesus’ Glory

A chapter before today’s Gospel reading, we hear Peter tell Jesus that He is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). And “from that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer much… be killed, and be raised on the third day” (Matthew 16:21). And […]

Mark 9:2-9: Jesus’ Transfiguration

The time for Jesus’ earthly miracles was fading fast.  And soon, His popularity would begin to wane, as well.  For now, we find ourselves at the midpoint of Mark’s Gospel, where Jesus turns His face toward the task of dying and rising.  Jesus begins to teach His disciples that He will have to suffer.  He […]

Transfiguration: Matthew 17:1-9

Behold your Lord, Jesus Christ–the greatest rerun you’ll ever see.  That’s right: Jesus is the rerun you want to watch, the one you don’t ever want to miss.  For that is exactly what Jesus does: He re-runs the entire Old Testament. Jesus is called out of Egypt, He is tempted in the desert, He is […]