7.14 His Transfiguration

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May 28 7.14 About a week later, Jesus took Peter, James and John to a Mount to pray privately. While he prayed,1 his face shone as the sun and his clothing became white as light. Moses and Elijah appeared in glory2 and talked with him about his imminent departure from Jerusalem. Peter and his companions, who had been fast asleep, became fully awake and saw the glory of Jesus and the two men with Jesus. As Moses and Elijah left Jesus, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, its good we live here. Lets make three tents - one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Peter spoke not knowing what he said, for they were very afraid. A bright cloud enveloped them. A voice spoke3 from the cloud, “Listen to This My Beloved Son, My Most Pleasing One.”4 Terrified, the disciples fell on their faces. Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise up and do not fear.” Suddenly, as they looked around, they saw only Jesus.

May 29 As they descended the mountain, Jesus ordered them to tell nobody what they had seen, until the Son of man had risen from the dead. So they kept it secret, but discussed among themselves what “rising from the dead” meant. They asked him, “Why do our teachers say Elijah must first come?”

Jesus replied, “Truly, Elijah comes first to restore all things. I say Elijah has already come, unknowingly they treated him as they pleased, as it is written. Similarly, the Son of man will suffer much5 and be rejected.” Then the disciples understood that he was talking about John the Baptist.