(Due to technical difficulties, although I was present at my church today, I could not hear the sermon by Pastor Jerry. I offer this edited substitute on the Same subject.)
Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
What happened on that mountain top was frightening and unsettling, to say the least.
All of a sudden Jesus’ clothes turned a dazzling white and two prophets, long since departed this life, appeared with Jesus and Jesus was talking to them.
The disciples were terrified at what they were seeing—something so unexpected. They could only fall on their faces and worship in awe and fear.
Moses and Elijah disappeared from the scene, leaving Jesus alone and a voice from heaven saying, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
Having seen Jesus transfigured and getting the message, beyond a shadow of doubt, that Jesus is the Son of God, they were to move forward, empowered, and not to try to return to the past.
When Jesus was dying on the cross, he cried out, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ Then he died--alone.
In a powerful transforming moment; As he arose into heaven, an angel appeared and spoke these words of comfort; “This same Jesus that you see going up into heaven shall return in like manner and thus will you be with Him forever.”