After six days Yeshua took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Yeshua. Peter said to Yeshua, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Yeshua came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Yeshua. (Matthew 17:1-8)
This passage shares a beautiful unfolding of the nature of our Lord, showing both His deity and His humanity:
- Yeshua , being transfigured, revealed His glory, His majesty, His ‘fullness of God’ (“For in Messiah lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” Colossians 2:9)
- How remarkable that when Yeshua took the form of a man, a bondservant, He was able to hide this majesty which was His true nature.
- The voice of the Father speaks with power, telling the disciples, “Listen to my Son.” The Father doesn’t say ‘listen to Me’, rather to my Son.
- The disciples are terrified, but Yeshua, in His humility and love comes to them, bends down to them, touches them with mercy and kindness.
- Yeshua calms their fears and encourages them.
- They saw ONLY HIM. When Moses, who represents the Law (the works of man) and Elijah, who represents signs and wonders, are gone – there is ONLY YESHUA.
He is the exact image of the Father, the King of Kings, yet the humble servant who calms and comforts us. To listen to Him /to see Him alone is all that anyone needs.