God is light (1John 1:15). Darkness cannot comprehend it. Light permeates all darkness. Jesus shows by His transfiguration, that He in fact is the Christ the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, who will usher in the long awaited Kingdom. Eyewitnesses on Mt. Tabor, (Peter, James and John his brother), saw His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. They witness Moses and Elijah speaking with Him. And, a bright cloud overshadowed them with a voice coming out of the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, Hear Him!" (Matthew 17:5).
Jesus commanded them, saying. "Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead." (Matthew 17:9).
Eyewitnesses fell on their faces greatly afraid. Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid."(Matthew 17:7).
Moses represents the law and Elijah represents the Prophets, the living and the dead, and the fulfillment of the whole Old Testament.
The Holy Trinity is manifest here. Christ transfigured (Matt 17:2) The Father speaks from heaven testifying to Jesus' divine sonship (Matt 17:5), "and the Spirit is present in the form of a dazzling light surrounding Christ's Person." (Matt 17:5).--taken from the Orthodox Study Bible
Wow! It can't be any clearer. All this transpired before the suffering and death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.
Still the disciples lack faith, like many today who hear the good news of the gospel.
(Matthew 17:20),"So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there', and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."
Perhaps your lack of faith sets you up for failure? May be it's time for a change. The Orthodox Church awaits you, just come and see! Be transformed....
"Nothing can withstand Jesus' power, for He is the Lord of all. To everyone in need He says, Bring him here to Me!"
What keeps you from the love of God and His healing presence in your life?
(notations in quotes are also from the Orthodox Study Bible)
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