Turning Point #10 – The Transfiguration

Is it unreasonable to imagine that even Jesus struggled at times with the tasks God had given Him to do? When the time came near for Him to be crucified, in John 12:27, Jesus said “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour”. His soul was troubled. He was strong on this occasion, but later He did in fact did ask the Father to save Him from the hour (of suffering), when prayed in the garden, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39).

It could be this same concern that led him to the mountain of transfiguration.

Background: In Luke 9 Jesus was very popular among the people, especially because of His miracles. But that had to change. Soon after feeding the 5000, in Luke 9:22 He told his disciples, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”

In Matthew’s account Peter told Jesus this would never happened to Him, that He would never have to die (Matthew 16:22-23) to which Jesus said “Get behind me Satan”.

Imagine coming to grips with that reality…the time has come that I must go to Jerusalem where I will be brutally murdered.

Today’s TURNING POINT is the TRANSFIGURATION. Read the whole account in Luke 9:28-36.

It says Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus and talked to Him “about His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem”. What do you suppose that means?

Working off the theory that Jesus went to the mountain seeking strength, what do 51 and 53 say about His determination to go to Jerusalem after this meeting on the mountain?

Transfiguration means to change. There are times when we all need to change our attitude and be more willing to do God’s will. We, like Jesus, go through ups and downs. Why did Jesus go to the mountain in the first place? (Luke 9:28) and how is this an example for us?

6 thoughts on “Turning Point #10 – The Transfiguration

  1. Jesus went to the mountain to pray. Beyond what was about to happen in Jerusalem I don’t know what and for how long Jesus, Elijah and Moses spoke. Perhaps the strength he was seeking and a reminder of His purpose was accessed through the meeting with these people. I just cannot imagine how difficult these last days were for Jesus. Our example is we have access to God and he will provide the strength we need to do what needs to be done even in our weakest hour. And regardless of what we face, it can’t be worse than what Jesus knew that day.

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  2. Why did Jesus say to Peter, “To get behind me Satan?” To me, why was it so horribly wrong, when Peter was just saying what he thought was probably going to actually happen with Jesus?

    Maybe Jesus got, strenght,advice, experience, & continked strong faith in following exactly, God’said word, all the way to the end, death, in our physical body.

    After being up on the mountain, Jesus was steadfast ( but I have no idea what that means) and set his mind to going to Jerusalem, even though some people didn’t receive him.

    Was Jerusalem the actual place where Jesus was crucified on the cross? Why was it’s God’said plan for that to take place in Jerusalem? I thought that maybe fairly recently before this, that 1st, someone took a wall down from Jerusalem, then, (I don’t actually remember the rest of the following details), but I think that the rest of Jerusalem was then also destroyed. Is this the case?? If this really happened rather recently, did Jerusalem someway get rebuilt?? I had asked earlier in one lesson, as to why nations were still strongly fighting over the rights and ownership of I believe Jerusalem. Is this true? If so, what countries are the ones fighting for ownershio & control of Jerusalem, & why do they just continue , year after year, to keep fighting over this?

    Somewhere in the Bible, Jerusalem is said maybe, to be God’said. City. But, if it is also the place where they crucified Christ, why would countries be still fighting for control & ownership of a city, where something that they chose to do was so horrible? I understand it all was a fulfillment of God’said plan, from the beginning, but the people who went through with crucifing Christ, why are they the ones still fighting over the location, even after they committed such a horrible things back then? Why would they even want to be around that place, & keep being reminded about what they unknowingly, at the time, did so bad?

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    1. Amy to the Jews, who are not believers in Christ, Jerusalem, is their promised city and where the temple is. This is the center of their belief. If you look at it in the light that they still hold to the “old Law” and do not believe Christ was the promised savior, it helps to understand their strong connection to Jerusalem. Hope this helps.

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      1. Thanks a lot Carol!!!! That makes a lot of sense, and why some people and Jews feel the way that they do today. Love you, Amy

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