Matthew 17:1-13 Study Lesson about Christ
We’ll learn why we should choose to follow and worship Him.
Transfiguration of Christ on the Mountain – Talking with Elijah and Moses
Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified.
And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.”
And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”
And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished.
So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist. – Matthew 17:1-13 NASB
A Quick Look at Heaven
Did Peter, James and John catch a glimpse into heaven? I believe so.
When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain He was presenting Himself to the disciples as He really is, the Son of God.
Why Moses and Elijah?
Moses and Elijah represent authority.
The first is the bringer of the law to Israel. The latter represents the prophets of the Old Testament who told about the coming of the Messiah.
When seen in this light, the three of them together confirmed that Jesus was Messiah, sent to earth to fulfill the law of God, and what the prophets proclaimed.
Who is Jesus?
The first verses in chapter 17 tells us who Christ is.
We need to understand that He is more than just another prophet. He is the Son of God sent to save us from eternal death.
If we accept this fact we will make more of an effort to worship and follow Him.
Love In Christ