The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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11/07/2017

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"Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transformed 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" (Matt.17:1-3).

Leading up to Jesus' Transfiguration, the Lord asked His disciples what people were saying about Him. Who did they say He was? Confusion abounded. Some said He was John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or the prophet Moses had said would come in Deut.18:18... Characteristically, Peter in his boldness said this; "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt.16:16). Jesus' task was enormous. He wanted His disciples to know that He was the Son of God, but His future would not be what they expected it to be... As their king, He would not lead any army or He would not sit on a throne. After Peter's confession, for the first time Jesus would reveal to His disciples that He had to go to Jerusalem. There He would be humiliated. There He would suffer and die. The Transfiguration was important to them and us because it was the conclusion of a series of events that all had to do with His true identity. There, before them, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. While their minds were still reeling, they saw two men with Jesus. Somehow they knew that the two were Moses and Elijah, transported from the world of the dead to speak with Jesus about his coming ordeal. Perhaps, with this event, Peter, James and John were beginning to understand the significance of the angel's announcement to Joseph in Matthew 1:21. "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." Decades later, when Peter wrote his second epistle, these events were fresh in his mind. They should be significant to us also as we realize that Jesus was indeed the Son of God. He proved this to us by performing miracles, and through His death, burial and resurrection, he substantiated all that He claimed He was... We serve the Son of the Living God who gives us the chance to live eternally with Him...

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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