A Passage and A Prayer



“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.”  Matthew 17:1-3
Imagine the sight! Jesus in all of His glory, the glory that we will someday see ourselves. And there in His presence are Moses and Elijah. Moses, the one who God raised up to deliver His people from bondage in Egypt. Moses, the one through whom God delivered His Holy Law. Moses, the one who would lead God’s people to the doorway into the promised land.
In all of the Old Testament, Moses holds a unique position. Seen as the giver of God’s Law, Moses brought the Word that tells us what it is to be holy. As we shine the Law on our lives, we quickly see how far short of God’s design we fall. We cannot possibly look to the Law and our obedience to it for our salvation. The Law never saves, it only kills.
Seeing Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration must do only one thing for us, it must cause us to look to Jesus where our salvation will be found. Only Jesus was able to fulfill the Law given through Moses so only Jesus can give us His righteousness and salvation. We can never do it ourselves, but we never need to for He has done it for us. Through faith in Christ we do as Moses did and find salvation in Jesus.
Lord Jesus, on the Mount of Transfiguration You showed Your glory in the presence of Moses and Elijah as well as Your closest disciples. As we look forward to that day when we too will see You in Your glory, keep us faithful always for Your name’s sake. Amen.