“Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.” vs. 32
Luke doesn’t say anything about what the transfiguration meant to Jesus. While he does report that the two men, Moses and Elijah, were talking to Jesus about his departure, there is no reference to details. It could even have been the sort of thing Jesus experienced regularly in his prayers. From Luke’s perspective then, the vision was primarily for the disciples; they were the onlookers, and in spite of their weariness, they saw the vision clearly. Only three were there, probably honored at being invited to accompany Jesus, and obviously overwhelmed by what they saw. They had seen Jesus as a preacher and a healer and had been impressed, but this experience added a whole new dimension to their experience. They had suspected that he might be the messiah but this revelation cemented it for them. And while they still didn’t have a clue about what this might mean for their future they did know that in Jesus the glory of God shone brightly. He was at least the equal of Elijah and Moses, the heroes of the past, and probably a step beyond them on the glory scale. It wasn’t for some time that they would know the ultimate truth, that in Jesus the power of death would be defeated, but for now it was enough!
Thought for the Day: When have your eyes seen the glory of the Lord?