Saturday, July 1, 2017

Mark 9:2-3 -- On Transfiguration and Light

"And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them."
Mark 9:2-3

I love this idea of transfiguration.  The whole idea of turning what we already have into a much more pure and holy form is pretty awesome.

Based on other transfigurations in the scriptures, this change that happened to Christ was probably a temporary change to his body so that he could endure the presence of his Father and the other exalted beings that he talked to that day.  A more advanced (and permanent) transfiguration happened to him when he was resurrected.

Maybe the coolest part of transfiguration happens when we are all resurrected, because our bodies then undergo a change that makes us immortal, and no longer subject to physical pain or sickness. The shininess is also cool--the idea of being light, or having light be a part of us so much that we give it off.  Wow, right?

Today, let's work on preparing ourselves and being worthy to undergo that kind of transfiguration and personal witness, as Peter, James, and John were able to.  Let's invite the light of Christ into our lives so much that we can start being at least figuratively shiny ahead of time. :)

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