The Glorified Christ

Daily God Walk for Sunday, April 24, 2010

 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus.   – Luke 9:29-31

 Often when God was about to reveal something of himself he would appear in a glorious presence. In this case, as Jesus was praying, and his disciples were presumably asleep, he was transformed. Mark wrote, “His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus” (Mark 9:3-4).

Many scholars feel that this event is significant of the role Christ was to play in fulfilling both the law and the prophets. Moses, of course, represented the law and Elijah the prophets. The righteousness of God is mirrored in the law and the wisdom of God is reflected in the prophets.

The law showed man what God intended him to be and the prophets warned the people when they were living in disobedience.

When the glory of God appeared with Moses and Elijah the Lord seemed to be saying that what the law could not do, in that it could not make men righteous, Jesus could do. And the role of the prophets was fulfilled because Jesus had now become chief prophet.

The disciples were so moved that they wanted to build a place on that mountain to worship, but just as they were suggesting that the glory cloud descended over them and a voice spoke out of the cloud saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him” (Luke 9:36).

The age of the law and the prophets was ended. Jesus Christ brought fullness to that age and opened another era in man’s relationship with God. Now, instead of the law we have the Spirit of God himself in us. In this age we call the age of grace God has given us his righteousness.

 Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of Christ and for the Holy Spirit living in me and for the grace to live righteously. Amen.

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