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JESUSTRANSFIGURATION

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Introduction  

Hav­ing suc­cess­fully con­cluded his retreat, Jesus offi­cially begins his mis­sion. As soon as he came down from the moun­tain, Jesus returned to Galilee still in the same power of the Spir­it which des­cen­ded on him after his bap­tism. Jesus taught in the Syn­agogues and every­one praised him. On this pro­cess of teach­ing, Jesus went to Naz­areth where he had been brought up. On one of the Shab­baths, he went into the Syn­agogue as is his cus­tom. When he stood up to read, the Scroll of the proph­et Isai­ah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he read his mis­sion mani­festo to the people (cf. Luke 4:16–21). Accord­ing to Mat­thew, when Jesus came down from the wil­der­ness, and with the with­draw­al of John the Baptist, Jesus trans­ferred to Caper­naum, by the lake in the region of Zebu­lum and Neph­tali, where he began his mis­sion with the fol­low­ing words “repent, for the king­dom of heav­en has come near” (Matt 4:17). “In the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark (1:15), we also read that as soon as John the Baptist was arres­ted, Jesus went into Galilee and there pro­claimed the Gos­pel saying.…

Moses and Elijah

Imme­di­ately after Jesus’ appear­ance changed, Moses and Eli­jah appeared on the scene. But why these two? The most likely explan­a­tion is that Moses the law­giver appears as the rep­res­ent­at­ive of the old cov­en­ant and the prom­ise of sal­va­tion, which was to be ful­filled in the pas­sion, death, and resur­rec­tion of Jesus. On the oth­er hand, Eli­jah appears as the proph­et of the eschat­on – the end times (cf. Mal 4:5–6; Mark 9:11–13). Luke goes fur­ther and explains that both Moses and Eli­jah dis­cussed the death of Jesus (cf. Luke 9:31). That is, both Luke, Mat­thew and Mark report that Moses and Eli­jah appeared and began talk­ing with Jesus. But only Luke gave the con­tent of this con­ver­sa­tion. Accord­ing to Luke, they appeared in glory and were speak­ing of Jesus’ depar­ture, which he was about to accom­plish in Jerusalem.

Conclusion

Jesus has taken over from Moses and Eli­jah. He is now in-charge of every law, proph­ets and proph­ecy, and even of every life. Def­in­itely, he did and he is still doing all things well. He is not like many politi­cians and reli­gious lead­ers espe­cially here in Niger­ia, who buy their way to the offices just to work only for their selfish interests. In Jesus’ ten­ure, there was no iota of cor­rup­tion. Do not ask me about many of our politi­cians and reli­gious lead­ers. Because I am sure you know them bet­ter than I do. As indic­ated above, Luke under­lines that Jesus went to the moun­tain to pray. And that his trans­form­a­tion took place while he was pray­ing. Do not for­get the import­ance of pray­er in your life. But remem­ber, God answers only the pray­er of a just per­son (cf. Ps 15). Do not pray when you should work, and do not work when you should pray. The prin­ciples of time and sea­son for everything (cf. Eccl 3:1) should be respected.

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