KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:2 (KJV). “And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.”
We continue with our walk with Jesus through the gospels. At this moment, the Lord goes along with Peter John and James to the mountain. Luke 9:28-36, says they were on the mountain to pray. As He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered and His garment began to shine as the sun. Within that moment they saw two men talking with Him. These were Moses and Elijah, people who had passed into glory many years ago. When apostle Peter was writing his final message to the Jewish brethren scattered among the gentile world. He said in 2 Peter 1:16, that “we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you, the coming of our Lord Jesus, but were eye witnesses of His majesty and glory. Peter writes to say that he witnessed the transfiguration and, that, it is an evident of the glory and power of God.
SOME lessons from the transfiguration are as follows;
1.The scripture said as the Lord prayed, His raiment and countenance were changed. Prayer does not only change situations; it changes us to reflect God’s glory.
2. There is life after death. Moses has died and Elijah was captured into glory, yet they appeared to the Lord
3. Those who die in the Lord are not in the grave, but in the presence of the father.
4. The death of a child of God is only a change of state and location. The believer who dies changes from fleshly state, to a spiritual state. He lives in the presence of the father.
5. The dead in the Lord cannot appear to anyone by their will. They may only do so by the father’s instruction.
These events show that our Lord Jesus is God’s appointed savour of our world. We must respond to him wholeheartedly as the Lord requested. The accompanying revelations of Moses and Elijah, must be taken very seriously. The appearing of Moses and Elijah gives us a strong assurance to hold on to our hope of eternal glory as well as life after death. We must not sorrow too much, about children of God who have departed. They are not lost. Moses and Elijah are not ghost in the sense of spirits of departed ones who hover around the earth, and may appear to people. Note Elijah was taken bodily to heaven. Moses appeared with him. This suggests that Moses and Elijah were in the presence of the father. God sent them to Jesus. They could not have come on their own. (I have a book yet to be released, titled ARE GHOST REAL? It will throw more light on these matters)
My Lord Jesus is the savour of the world. Believers who have departed are not lost, but are in the presence of the Father. I serve the Lord diligently, knowing that, there is glorious life ahead.
2 Corinthians 5:8-9 (KJV). We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
Hebrews 6:19 (KJV). “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”