Read Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36
Transfiguration: a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.
This is the moment in the Bible when Jesus reveals that he is who he claims to be. This is the moment when Jesus demonstrates to 3 of his beloved disciples his divine glory. His physical body transformed, and he became as bright as the sun. Moses and Elijah appear with him. Jesus is fulfilling both the law and the prophecies in this moment, proving that he is the divine Son of God. The Kingdom of God is near.
Today take time to reflect on this beautiful picture. What does it mean to you? In this moment Jesus goes beyond claims and shows that he divine. His real self emerges. What lives within you? If you were to change into what lives within you what would you become? Do you need to change? Where does a revolution need to occur in your life?
This process of transformation can be painful for us, but it is necessary. In order to be set free and to learn who we are in Christ we must let go of things we have a tight grasp on. We cannot merely silence these things but we must remove them completely from our lives. C.S. Lewis presents this process beautifully in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as Eustace describes his transfiguration from dragon back into a boy.
“Then the lion (Aslan) said — but I don’t know if it spoke — You will have to let me undress you. I was afraid of his claws, I can tell you, but I was pretty nearly desperate now. So I just lay flat down on my back to let him do it.
“The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart. And when he began pulling the skin off, it hurt worse than anything I’ve ever felt. The only thing that made me able to bear it was jut the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off. You know — if you’ve ever picked the scab of a sore place. It hurts like billy-oh but it is such fun to see it coming away.”
“I know exactly what you mean,” said Edmund.
“Well, he peeled the beastly stuff right off – just as I thought I’d done it myself the other three times, only they hadn’t hurt – and there it was lying on the grass, only ever so much thicker, and darker, and more knobbly-looking than the others had been. And there was I smooth and soft as a peeled switch and smaller than I had been. Then he caught hold of me – I didn’t like that much for I was very tender underneath now that I’d no skin on — and threw me into the water. It smarted like anything but only for a moment. After that it became perfectly delicious and as soon as I started swimming and splashing I found that all the pain had gone from my arm. And then I saw why. I’d turned into a boy again. . . .”
This is the kind of transfiguration we must all go through as broken, hurting human beings. We are not divine but we have a God who loves us unconditionally. He is calling and has a seat set for you at the table. Step forward and allow the love of Christ to tear away the lies and shame. Allow a revolution to occur deep down within you so that you can better pursue Christ Jesus. Take time to be still and listen today. Allow the Spirit of God to fill you and renew your mind.
2 Peter 1:16-18