The Transfiguration of Our Lord
Exodus 24:8–18; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Matthew 17:1–9
God Manifests His Glory in the Body of Christ Jesus, Transfigured for Us by His Cross
The Transfiguration confirms “the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place” (2 Pet. 1:19). The divine glory of Jesus is manifested in the word of His apostles, who were “eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Pet. 1:16). “He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun” (Matt. 17:2). Moses and Elijah witnessed the fulfillment of the Old Testament in this Lord Jesus, and the Father testified concerning Him: “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 17:5). By His own blood, shed on the cross, Jesus makes and seals the new covenant with us. Hence, “the appearance of the glory of the Lord” is no longer “like a devouring fire” (Ex. 24:17), but is graciously revealed in His own body. As “Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel” went up the mountain with Moses and “beheld God, and ate and drank” (Ex. 24:9, 11), we also behold the Lord our God in Christ Jesus, and we abide with Him as we eat and drink His body and blood at the altar.
Pastor Brian Kachelmeier of Redeemer Lutheran, Los Alamos, N.M., discusses Christ in the Old Testament: Exodus 24:8-18 with Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues, Etc. (mp3, 22:30, 9.2 MB, 2014-Feb-27)
2 Peter 1:16–21
Pr. Christian Tiews of Grace Lutheran-Tulsa, OK and Pr. Kirk Clayton of Zion Lutheran-Mascoutah, IL, discuss The Transfiguration, Matthew 17:1-9 with Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Jan-16)
Pr. Randy Asburry of Hope Lutheran-St. Louis, MO and Pr. Jim Roemke of Good Shepherd Lutheran-Middleville, MI discuss the Transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-9 with Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 54:29, 21.9 MB, 2012-Jan-26)