Mark 9:2–9—Three of the disciples—Peter, James, and John—were privileged to go up on a mountain with Christ, as He was transfigured before them. That is, His glory as the Son of God, normally masked by His humanity, was clearly shown. Elijah and Moses appear with Him, and they discuss His impending death (Luke 9:31). Peter, James, and John are witnesses of the glory which awaits Christ beyond the cross.
The Transfiguration experience was not only for Jesus’ benefit but for the Disciples,. At Jesus’ baptism God addressed Jesus, “You are my beloved Son.” This time God addresses the men. “This is my beloved Son.” At Caesarea Philippi inspired Peter said, “You are the Christ.” Now God is confirming that confession. Who is Jesus? IF you do not trust as man’s word, then listen to God’s Word. Before Jesus sets out for Jerusalem and the cross, it is important to know who this really is on the cross.
When the Transfiguration experience came to an end the Disciples were again alone with Jesus. The Father, Moses and Elijah disappeared. Only Jesus was to be seen. To this day Disciples see only Jesus as the beloved Son of God. God has only one Son and Jesus was revealed as that Son. Pluralism and Universalism have no part in orthodox, biblical thought. Other religious leaders had their insights. Other religions have their thoughts. But for Christians, Jesus is absolutely unique as the only Son of God, the only Savior, and the only Lord.
For blessing on the Word: Lord Jesus Christ, giver and perfecter of our faith, we thank and praise You for continuing among us the preaching of Your Gospel for our instruction and edification. Send Your blessing upon the Word, which has been spoken to us, and by Your Holy Spirit increase our saving knowledge of You, that day by day we may be strengthened in the divine truth and remain steadfast in Your grace. Give us strength to fight the good fight and by faith to overcome all the temptations of Satan, the flesh, and the world so that we may finally receive the salvation of our souls; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
 Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B, John Brokhoff © 1981 CSS Publishing, Lima, OH
 Collect before the study of God’s Word, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Illustration from the woodcut “The Transfiguration” by Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld, 1794-1872 copyright © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use.