Scripture: Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Is Transfigured

Matthew 17:1-13 (KJV) And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,  And Jesus was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Jesus.  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.  While he (Peter) yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.  And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.  And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.  And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.  10 And His disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?  11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.  12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Mark 9:2-13 (KJV) And after six days Jesus taketh with Him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and He was transfigured before them.  And His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.  And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.  And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.  For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.  And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son: hear Him.  And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.  And as they came down from the mountain, He charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.  10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.  11 And they asked Him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?  12 And He answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that He must suffer many things, and be set at nought.  13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

Luke 9:28-36 (KJV) 28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, Jesus took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.  29 And as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering.  30 And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.  32 But Peter and they that were with Peter were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw Jesus’ glory, and the two men that stood with Him.  33 And it came to pass, as they departed from Him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.  34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.  35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son: hear Him.  36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.

Questions:

1. Who did Jesus take with Him up the mountain (Matthew 17:1; Mark 9:2a; Luke 9:28)?

2. What happened to Jesus (Matthew 17:2; Mark 9:2-3; Luke 9:29)?

3. Who appeared before Jesus (Matthew 17:3; Mark 9:14; Luke 9:30)?

4. About what did Moses and Elias talk to Jesus (Luke 9:31)?

5. While Peter was still talking what happened (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:34-35)?

Answers:

1. Jesus took with Him Peter, John and James.

2. Jesus was transfigured; His face shone as the sun, His raiment became shining, white as the light, glistening, exceedingly white as snow, so white no bleach on earth could whiten as such.  The fashion of His countenance changed.

3. Moses and Elias (Elijah) appeared before Jesus.

4. Moses and Elias (Elijah) spoke of Jesus’ departure which He was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.

5. While Peter was still talking a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, and said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.”

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 17:5 (NIV) While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verse above.  Who was speaking from the cloud? To whom was He talking? My thoughts: the last three words “hear ye Him” are important.  Not just to Peter, John and James but I believe God is speaking to us too.  Jesus is more than a great leader, teacher, intercessor, encourager, and prophet, He is the Son of God.   When we understand this we will not just listen to Him we will worship Him too.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 17:5 (NIV) While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

To love and live God’s Word we must read it. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

To teach and share God’s Word we must understand it.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will experience Your Presence daily as we read, hear, meditate on, memorize, love, live, teach, share and pray Your Word.  In Your Son Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I commit our lives to following Jesus.” <>< Dona