Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
My eyes brimmed with tears reading the above passage from Matthew, my heart is filled with wonder and awe.
Imagine if you and I had been there, waking up from sleep and seeing our Lord Jesus Christ transfigured — His face shining “like the sun,” His clothes “white as light” . . . .
And talking with two long-departed men, Moses and Elijah — visual evidence that there is life after death.
Then, to top it all, we hear the voice of the Father: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
Do you long to see our Lord as much as I do?
A little-known, panned-by-critics (of course) 2016 gem of a movie, Risen, about an unbelieving Roman soldier’s search for Jesus’ body following His resurrection, captures well our Lord’s warmth, love, and unspoken understanding.
Here’s the scene of when Clavius, the Roman Tribune, saw the risen Christ for the first time.
It is said that Mel Gibson, who just had a newborn son out of wedlock with a woman young enough to be his granddaughter (he’s 35 years older), is planning to make a sequel to his 2004 The Passion of the Christ, about the Resurrection.
Gibson should know that the sequel has already been made, and it’s called Risen.
If you haven’t seen it, I urge you to. You won’t regret it.
Here’s the link to watch the movie in its entirety: http://ffilms.org/risen-2016/
And may the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!