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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Matthew 17

Transfiguration

Summary:
Jesus, Peter, James and John went up a mountain, where Jesus' full glory was shown. Moses and Elijah turned up, but disappeared just as promptly. God said Jesus was his son. Jesus told them to wait til after the resurrection to tell people about his glory, and clarified that John the Baptist was the 'Elijah' who came before.

A boy had a demon, but the disciples couldn't move it for lack of faith, so Jesus did. He restated that he was going to die.

Jesus didn't feel he needed to pay God tax. What kind of father taxes his son? But he produced the money anyway, so he didn't cause offense.

Key verse:
20. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

My thoughts:
So here is a key point in discovering who Jesus is in the eyes of the disciples. Bear in mind, that when Jesus was walking around it certainly wasn't obviously that this was the glorious and unique Son of God. He didn't float. It became revealed, and only to those close to him. This was God plan and choice. The transfiguration is when some of the disciples get a glimpse of Jesus' true identity. It becomes more obvious after the resurrection. Critical analysis seems to indicate that the biggest paradigm shift in Christology came shortly after the resurrection, though some would (wrongly) suggest that it came much later.

There is also here a rare example of Jesus trying not to offend authorities. He chose his battles, and not paying taxes suddenly makes him a political dissident, which was not what he wanted to be.

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