Just a few days after Jesus predicted his death to his disciples for the first time, the Transfiguration occurred. Peter, James and John would all witness the amazing event together. As Jesus’s face “shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light” the three men were in awe. Moses and Elijah then appeared too. Peter was so excited that he says, “Lord, its wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
I have to say, I would have been right there with Peter. I would have been so excited, overwhelmed and wanting desperately to hold on to that very moment. Let’s make a shelter and stay here forever! We will never forget what we have witnessed! Oh, but what did we just witness?
It is the moment when you know something really powerful just happened, but you aren’t sure how to explain it. You want to tell the world, but when you go out to shout the Glory that was revealed to you – you just don’t have the words to explain it. Maybe that is why Jesus says to all three of them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” In other words, pray about this, think about this, and listen to me before you go tell people what you just saw.
This entire passage made me realize that the Transfiguration happens in a small sense to all of us. When we spend time praying and listening to God’s voice, when we read scripture and realize that life is the same now, and when we evangelize our faith to others (truly acting like Christ); we become a glorious vision ourselves. We all have the capability of shining like the sun. Some of the most powerful evangelizers that I know are just magnetic. You just want to be with them all the time. Their presence is the closest to Christ you have ever been. Their very being exudes holiness. I am not just talking about clergy members. I know some amazing lay people that shine like the sun.
These people all make me believe that the Transfiguration was not only real, but truly possible today. We are all transfigured by Christ’s love and death on the cross. When we allow Christ to work through us, we become beacons of light for Him. We are magnetic to others.
When he told Peter, James and John to wait before they exclaimed this great revelation maybe it was because they weren’t quite ready to be beacons of light for Him. After all, Peter was going to deny Him 3 times at the crucifixion. Peter still had much to learn before he became the first leader of the Church. Jesus knew this. Jesus wanted Peter prepared to lead and this would only happen after Peter experienced the denial of his dear friend, Jesus.
Remember each day, you have the ability to be that beacon of light for Christ. Not only by worshipping and praying, but by acting in the name of God. Your actions if done after prayer and time with God, will shine like the sun, and your life will be magnetic to others.