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We tend to think of glory as something achieved by athletic , business achievements, or personal fame. In the , however, it has to do with the radiant shining forth of the transcendent majesty of . At crucial moments the splendor of burst through the cloak of His humanity.

The glory of Christ never became more evident than at His . The word for transfiguration is metamorphoomai, from which we get metamorphosis. It denotes a change in form as, for example, the that occurs when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The prefix trans- means literally “across.” In the transfiguration a limit or barrier is crossed. We might call it a crossing of the line between the natural and the supernatural, between the human and the . It crosses a boundary of dimensions into the realm of God.

At the Transfiguration a brilliant light shone from Jesus. This light was the visible manifestation that the barrier had indeed been crossed. There are some similarities between this manifestation of glory and the shining face of when he returned from Mount with the . The differences, however, are significant. Moses’ face shone with reflected glory. Christ did not merely reflect the brightness of divine glory, but His glory is the brightness of divine glory. In this respect, His glory clearly transcends the reflected glory on the face of Moses.

Christ, then, did not reflect light but was the source of light. The Transfiguration was akin to what the will experience in the New . In 21:23, explains that the heavenly city will have no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it. God’s glory will illumine it. The will be its light. writes, “They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no nor light of the sun, for the God gives them light” (Revelation 22:4–5).

That the glory of Christ shone forth at the Transfiguration should not surprise us. The surprise is that He willingly veiled His glory for the sake of His children.

Summary

  1. The glory of Christ was revealed at His transfiguration.
  2. The transfiguration of Christ was a change in form, a crossing of the natural into the supernatural.
  3. Christ’s glory is not merely a reflection of God’s glory but the very Himself.

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