In the book of Exodus God dwelt among his people; His glory a cloud that shone as a devouring fire. It rested at the top of the mountain, Moses alone could go up on behalf of the nation. He asked to see God’s face, for his full glory to be revealed. But the Lord said “you cannot see my face, for man cannot see me and live.”
At the top of another mountain, Jesus stood with Peter, James and John. As they looked on, their Lord was transfigured, his face shone brightly as the sun. Again a cloud appeared, it radiated, and they hid their faces in fear. But Jesus spoke and reached out to touch them, they looked up and saw only Him.
No one is able to see God and live. Not Moses, the disciples, or us. But Jesus has become the way. His work, his life, and his sacrifice have become the story. When we see him, we see God. When others see us, they see him. Now our lives reflect his glory.
This Sunday we will reflect on the full meaning of the transfiguration. How it shows who Jesus really is, how it changes our lives, and how we can respond to it.