“After six days Jesus 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.” (Matthew 17 v 1-2)
The transfiguration! And the disciples have stepped into the vision of Daniel:
“Thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened… In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:9-14)
The disciples were not seeing some sneak preview into the future state of heaven, they were seeing the uncloaking of earth’s present. This Kingdom, this light, this glory, was who they had been following but it was now uncloaked, for a while, to give them the confidence to go forward unto death. Isaiah has come to pass, “Arise, shine, for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1)
May the Church carry the Glory of the Lord and may this Glorious Light shine brightly to every person. May we remove our apathy. Let us be less concerned about programmes than His Presence. Let us stop talking the meaningless and the trivial. Let us talk the gospel, the glory, Jesus! May the world see a transfigured Church, may they see the Kingdom of God. May all the rules and regulations and all the prophetic desires be simply found in the Son of Man, in Jesus. As we lift up Jesus, as we declare Him then may the world hear a clear call to listen and to follow Him.
How will this ever happen?
“he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray” It is the connection between the earth and heaven. Prayer.
Let your kingdom come.