The Aspects of Jesus' Glory Show in His Transfiguration

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The Aspects of Jesus' Glory Show in His Transfiguration


Excerpts from a sermon given yesterday by the Rev. Steven L. Austin at Chantilly Bible Church.

According to Jesus, "The good man out of his good treasure brings forth what is good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth what is evil."

What a person really is within, will eventually be seen by all. And the same is true with the Lord Jesus Christ. . . . Jesus had demonstrated many mighty miracles that proved that He was God, but it was not until He took Peter, James and John up to Mount of Transfiguration that Jesus allowed His glory to shine in its fullness [Matthew 16:28]. . . .

When we see Jesus here transfigured, it revealed at least seven aspects of the glory of Jesus Christ before these three men.

The first glory is the glory of His promise. Jesus said, "For the son of man is going to come in glory." . . . Jesus wanted to assure His disciples that all of His promises to them would become reality. Not only would He reign as king in the kingdom of God, but some of the people listening to Him would actually see it. . . .

Let's look, secondly, at the glory in His person. The word "transfigured" is the Greek word from which we get the word "metamorphosis." . . . Jesus' glory was not a reflected glory, but a glory that was radiated from within. . . . When we see Christ face to face, our body will be exactly like His glorified body. . . .

The third glory revealed by Jesus at the Mount of Transfiguration was the glory of His provision. In Matthew 17:3, it says that Jesus talked with Moses and Elijah.

Wouldn't you like to know that they talked about? In Luke, we read [they] "were speaking of His departure, which He was about to accomplish in Jerusalem." . . . Jesus' suffering and death would not be an accident, but an accomplishment, the fulfillment of all the types of Scripture. . . .

The fourth characteristic of Christ's glory is the glory of His position. Peter says to Jesus, "If you wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for you, and one for Moses and one for Elijah." . . . Peter's request was so out of line that God Himself speaks and indicates that He would not allow His beloved son to be put on the same level as Moses and Elijah, as godly as these men were. …

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