Mark's Gospel

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The Transfiguration

(Mark 9:2-8)

This event took place six days after the event at Caesarea Phillipi, and so it may be seen as its sequel. Jesus takes with him Peter, James and John, the same disciples who witnessed the raising of Jarius' daughter. They were privileged to see the Messiah for a short time in his heavenly glory. The following points need to be noted:

  1. Jesus appears transfigured along side Moses and Elijah. This is an indication that his coming death will fulfil the Law and the prophets. Elijah was expected to return before the arrival of the Messiah (Malachi 4:5-6).

  2. Some see cloud that overshadowed them as the cloud that led the Hebrews out of Egypt, and covered Mount Sinai when Moses met with God. It was the 'Shekinah', the cloud of glory which surrounds and indicates the presence of God.

  3. It is implied that the great figures of Moses and Elijah only pointed the way to Jesus the Messiah.

  4. The words spoken from the cloud, 'This is my Son, my Beloved, on whom my favour rests' are similar to those spoken by God at the Baptism.

  5. Peter did not wish this ecstatic religious experience to come to an end, and wanted to make shelters or tabernacles to provide for a long stay. However, the transfiguration was only to be a glimpse of Jesus' future glory and so he led the disciples down the mountain. The reality was that he had to return to serve suffering humanity. True religion does not run away from the realities of life.

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