The Transfiguration of Our Lord

(11 February 2018)

2 Kings 2:1–12 or Exodus 34:29–35; Ps. 50:1–6; 2 Corinthians 3:12–13, 14–18; 4:1–6; Mark 9:2–9

Entrance: LSB 415 Jesus on the Mountain Peak

Of the Day: LSB 413 O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair

Offertory: LSB 414 ‘Tis Good, Lord, to Be Here

Distribution: LSB 416 Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory;

LSB 537 Beautiful Savior

Closing: LSB 417 Alleluia, Song of Gladness

The Face of Jesus Christ Manifests the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God

It was “a hard thing” that Elisha asked, but by his persistence he was able to see the Prophet Elijah being taken “by a whirlwind into heaven.” Although “chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them,” Elisha received Elijah’s cloak and a “double portion” of his spirit for preaching the Lord’s Word (2 Kings 2:9–11). It was a hard thing, too, for Israel to see Moses and come near to him, when “the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God” (Ex. 34:29–30). Therefore, after “he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai,” Moses “put a veil over his face” (Ex. 34:32–33). Only the Word of the Gospel lifts the veil, and “only through Christ is it taken away” (2 Cor. 3:14). Thus are we able to behold “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” who is “the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4–6). For the Law and the prophets are all fulfilled in Him. Therefore, “listen to him,” and fix your sights on “Jesus only” (Mark 9:7–8).

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Mighty Morphin' Power Jesus (Mark 9:2-9)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Mark 9:2-9


Worldview Everlasting – Wibbly Wobbly Singularity (Mark 9:2-9)

In today’s Greek Tuesday, Jesus goes through a radical transformation in the Transfiguration. And then he goes all wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey with Moses and Elijah…or something. Either way, this amazing, fantastic, rainbows on fire kind of event rocks Peter’s world and he proposes something crazy. Oh, Peter. So typical. Anyway, you’ll wan to stick around for Mark 9:2-9 cause it will be worth it.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Transfiguration of Our Lord — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:17, 23.1 MB, 2018-Feb-05)


Lectionary Podcast — Transfiguration — Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel Lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 9:2–9 (SBLGNT)

2 Καὶ μετὰ ἡμέρας ἓξ παραλαμβάνει ὁ Ἰησοῦς τὸν Πέτρον καὶ τὸν Ἰάκωβον ⸀καὶ Ἰωάννην, καὶ ἀναφέρει αὐτοὺς εἰς ὄρος ὑψηλὸν κατʼ ἰδίαν μόνους. καὶ μετεμορφώθη ἔμπροσθεν αὐτῶν,

3 καὶ τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ ⸀ἐγένετο στίλβοντα λευκὰ ⸀λίαν οἷα γναφεὺς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς οὐ δύναται ⸀οὕτως λευκᾶναι.

4 καὶ ὤφθη αὐτοῖς Ἠλίας σὺν Μωϋσεῖ, καὶ ἦσαν συλλαλοῦντες τῷ Ἰησοῦ.

5 καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Πέτρος λέγει τῷ Ἰησοῦ· Ῥαββί, καλόν ἐστιν ἡμᾶς ὧδε εἶναι, καὶ ποιήσωμεν ⸂τρεῖς σκηνάς⸃, σοὶ μίαν καὶ Μωϋσεῖ μίαν καὶ Ἠλίᾳ μίαν.

6 οὐ γὰρ ᾔδει τί ⸀ἀποκριθῇ, ⸂ἔκφοβοι γὰρ ἐγένοντο⸃.

7 καὶ ἐγένετο νεφέλη ἐπισκιάζουσα αὐτοῖς, καὶ ⸀ἐγένετο φωνὴ ἐκ τῆς νεφέλης· Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ υἱός μου ὁ ἀγαπητός, ⸂ἀκούετε αὐτοῦ⸃.

8 καὶ ἐξάπινα περιβλεψάμενοι οὐκέτι οὐδένα εἶδον ⸂ἀλλὰ τὸν Ἰησοῦν μόνον μεθʼ ἑαυτῶν⸃.

9 ⸂Καὶ καταβαινόντων⸃ αὐτῶν ⸀ἐκ τοῦ ὄρους διεστείλατο αὐτοῖς ἵνα μηδενὶ ⸂ἃ εἶδον διηγήσωνται⸃, εἰ μὴ ὅταν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῇ.


Literal Translation

(2)  And after six days Jesus takes along Peter and James and John, and leads them into a high mount apart, alone. And He was transfigured before them.

(3)  And His garments became shining, very white like snow, such as a fuller on earth is not able to whiten.

(4)  And Elijah with Moses was seen by them, and they were speaking with Jesus.

(5)  And answering, Peter said to Jesus, Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and, Let us make three tents, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

(6)  For he did not know what to say, for they were very fearful.

(7)  And a cloud was overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son," the Beloved; hear Him. Psa. 2:7; Gen. 22:2; Deut. 18:15

(8)  And suddenly, having looked around, they saw no one any longer, but Jesus alone with themselves.

(9)  And as they were coming down from the mount, He commanded them that they should tell no one what they saw, except when the Son of Man should rise from the dead.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.