Beholding the Glory of Christ (Luke 9:28-36) - 9/24/23
They have confessed Jesus as Messiah
Jesus shares that He will be a suffering Messiah
He then paints a picture of their cross bearing (the discipleship life)
Here they will learn that suffering will be the prelude to Jesus’ ultimate glory.
It is Christ that fulfills all the promises of the coming King!
Throughout Luke’s Gospel we see Jesus praying at crucial times in His ministry
In the presence of His Father
They had only seen Him in His ordinary humanity, but now they are seeing Him in divine splendor.
Illuminated. Visible glory
His deity shining through His humanity
His past glory – John 17:1-5
His future glory– Life, Death, Resurrection
Moses and Elijah’s Conversation
From bondage and captivity to the Promised Land
The law giver
The great prophet
Raised the dead
Fire rained down on sacrifice
Taken up in chariot
Two of the greatest men in the Old Testament. They were sent by God to deliver and lead the people.
Spoke of His departure
Jerusalem. The Cross
When they departed Egypt it was the Passover Lamb that made it possible
Fire coming down from heave to accept the sacrifice from Elijah
I CAN ONLY IMAGING THEIR CONVERSATION
Jesus had come to fulfill the law and the prophets. Here we see EVERYTHING coming together.
Let us make three tents
He wanted to remain in the presence of His glory
Seeking a mountain top experience
Yet, there is no glory without the cross
Plus, he would have only needed ONE tent… not three.
He is my Son, the Chosen One
Listen to Him
What this means to us
We can behold His glory!
We can experience the glory of Christ… we do not need to go up on the mountain. We just need to go to the CROSS!
The Christian faith is about Christ; we could describe our lives as magnifying God in Christ by the power of the Spirit. What it means to be a Christian is to be Jesus-centered. All of God’s promises “find their Yes in him” (2 Cor. 1:20). “All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” are “hidden” in him (Col. 2:3). We are “filled in him” (Col. 2:10). Christ is our life (Col. 3:4), and “To me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). The transfiguration communicates the same truth: the Law and the Prophets point to Christ. Jesus is the new and better Moses. He is the true Israel. He is the new and better David. He is God’s very own Son, the true revelation of God. We need, therefore, to listen to him, to meditate on him, to rejoice in him, and to love him. THOMAS R. SCHREINER, “LUKE,” IN MATTHEW–LUKE, ED. IAIN M. DUGUID, JAMES M. HAMILTON JR., AND JAY SKLAR, VOL. VIII, ESV EXPOSITORY COMMENTARY (WHEATON, IL: CROSSWAY, 2021), 869.