Lesson 213-March 22, 2020
Lesson: “Jesus Transfigured on the Mount-Part I”
Scripture: Matthew 16:28-17:8; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:27-36
Lesson Goal: To better understand the glory and importance of Jesus’ transfiguration on the mount.
Introduction: There is no greater somber thought than to know that Jesus will reject those who have reject-ed Him. One day Jesus will return in power and He will reject those who have rejected Him.
Question: Have you in faith trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?
Question: Do you understand that to refuse to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord is to reject Him?
Question: Do you understand that to reject Jesus is to miss heaven? Our eternity, (forever), the life to come and where we will spend eternity is determined by what we do with Jesus in this life!
In the closing verse of last weeks lesson (Mark 8:38), Jesus said, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
Questions: Based upon our study of the last few weeks’ lessons, what do you think was the disciples state of mind? What do you believe would have been their thoughts and emotions at this time? What is the basis for your answers?
Question: Have you ever been at a place in life when it seemed that your brain and emotions could not pro-cess all that was taking place?
Question: Have you experienced a time in your journey of life when you desperately needed someone to offer
you a little encouragement or hope?
In today’s lesson Jesus offers to the disciples encouragement and hope. The disciples, still reeling from the
shock and lack of clarity in understanding Jesus’ words, needed a word of encouragement and hope!
Mark 9:1-And He said to them, Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste
death till they see the Kingdom of God present with power.
As we being today’s study with (v1) we must not make the mistake that some have made in the interpretation
of this verse. This verse is not a primary reference to Jesus’ second coming. Nor does it speak to the fact that
some of the disciples would not die before His second coming. This verse is speaking to that which shall follow
as recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In the verses that follow we see (The Transfiguration of Jesus
on the Mount). Some (Peter, James, John) standing there hearing Jesus’ words would soon catch a glimpse of
Jesus’ royal splendor and majesty. As Peter writes in II Peter 1:16, 18, he writes looking back at the events of
Mark 9:2-8, Matthew 16:28-17:8. and Luke 9:27-36. Peter writes, “Fore we did not follow cunningly devised
fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of
His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the
Excellent Glory: ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ And we heard this voice which came
from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.” In the Transfiguration Peter, along with James
and John, saw the glory and power of Christ’s Kingdom (majesty and splendor).
For us to fully appreciate the Transfiguration we must once again try to place ourselves in the sandals of the
disciples. In the words of John MacArthur, “all they (disciples) seemed sure of at the present time was that
their Lord’s work appeared to be a utter failure, that He was facing imminent death, an that He had commanded
them to willingly accept the same fate. Therefore, understanding the disciples’ bewilderment and weak
faith, Jesus repeated the promise, adding that ‘some of those who are standing here…shall not taste death until
they see the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom’.”
Charles Swindoll offers this insight, “after hearing the difficult news of Jesus’ shocking agenda, the disciples
began to wonder what the future held. They once expected the Messiah to gather a great following, overtake
corrupt Jerusalem, overthrow cruel Rome, and return Israel to its glory days. But Jesus predicted a completely
different path to glory. The path He followed led downward, through suffering and into death.” The disciples
were surely thinking how can this be? What follows in the Scripture is a glimpse of glory, a word of encouragement
and an offer of hope! Verse 1 serves as both an encouragement and a much needed reassurance for
the disciples that Jesus will ultimately triumph. Jesus provides this with His own words, “Assuredly, I say to
you (I assure you) Mark 9:1.” Jesus places His authority on these words by His use of the word “amen,” “I
assure you,” Assuredly meaning “that settles it” or “so be it, it is so!”
(v2) Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves;
and He was transfigured before them.
“Now after six days”-This time frame links back to verse 1. Jesus in verse 1 had spoken of a future event and
we understand verses 2-8 to be the object of Jesus’ words. When we look at the time frame as presented by
Mark and Matthew, we read “six days” but when we look at Luke’s account we read. “about eight days.” Although
Luke’s time frame differs there is no contradiction or conflict with Mark and Matthew’s account. Luke,
as was sometimes the case, wrote in terms that were inclusive of partial days (the day the lesson began and the
day the lesson ends) Luke 9:28.
“Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves;”
For this occasion Jesus took with Him three disciples: Peter, James and John.
Question: Can you recall any other times in Scripture when Jesus took this inner circle into a significant
Question: Just for thought-What do you think were the thoughts of the other nine disciples that were not privileged
to these events? From our own human nature what perhaps would have been some struggles for the disciples
that were not included in these events?
“led them up on a high mountain” The gospel writers do not give us the name of the mountain. Tradition has
suggested that this mountain was Tabor but it is more probable that it was Mt. Hermon (9000 feet) in the far
North of Galilee near Caesarea Philippi. The importance of this event is not upon the name of the mountain,
but rather on what took place there. The Exegetical Commentary states, “Mark’s interest is not in the name of
the mountain, but in the mountaintop experience. Throughout Scripture mountains are places of divine revelation.”
In Luke’s account (Luke 9:28), he offers us a detail not presented by Mark and Matthew.
Question: What is this specific detail?
Question: What are some lessons we can learn and apply to our own lives as we observe the prayer life of Jesus
as recorded in the Scriptures?
“He was transfigured before them.” The events that are about to unfold on this mountain are vivid confirmation
and assurance of Jesus’ words in Mark 8:38, as well as, a glimpse of what’s to come. In the words of
Warren Wiersbe, “The message was clear; first the suffering, then the glory.”
“transfigured” from “metamorphoo,” the verb form means to change in form. This word is used in its verb
form four times in the New Testament, Mark 9:2; Matthew 17:2; and twice by Paul as it refers to the believers’
transformation into the likeness of Christ (Romans 12:2; II Corinthians 3:18). The word “metamorphoo” is the
term that we get metamorphosis.
It would be on this mountain that the heavenly, divine glory and splendor would be displayed and witnessed by
Peter, James, and John.
(v3) His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.
The words that Mark uses in this description meaning, “dazzling, shining brightly, brilliantly white. Mark
adds in explanation that His brightness exceeded anything attainable or achievable on earth. No clothing expert
“specialist” could make such a thing!
Matthew and Luke used words description in regard to Jesus’ face and countenance (Matthew 17:2, Luke
9:29). Matthew wrote, His face “shinning like the sun.”
In this moment in time Jesus’ glory shone through. The word used “metamorphoo” also helps us to understand
a great truth of this transfiguration. The shinning glory of the Lord was not a reflected glory but a radiated
glory. It was not a reflection externally, but it was a radiated glory from within! His glory was shinning
forth. It was radiating in such a way to be described as shinning like the sun.
For Peter, James, and John a glimpse of His glory on the mountain with the assurance and blessed hope of
what one day will be!
I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was the
island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on
the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the
First and the Last,” and “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia; to
Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Then I turned to
see the voiced that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the
seven lampstands one like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest
with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of
fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had
in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like
the sun shinning in its strength.
I close today’s lesson with the chorus of one of my all time favorite songs. It is my prayer and hope that after
studying this lesson it takes on a little more in its meaning to you!
“Behold He comes riding on the clouds,
Shinning like the sun at the trumpet call,
Lift your voice, it’s the year of jubilee
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes.”
Please think about it!!!!