Luke 9:28-43 – Transfiguration Sunday â€“ for Sunday, February 7, 2016
(â€œThe next day, when Jesus, Peter, John, and James had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus.â€)
Whenever preaching, teaching, or simply pondering the stretch of Lukeâ€™s Gospel that highlighted Jesusâ€™ transfiguration, Iâ€™ve focused most of my efforts â€œup on a mountain.â€
But today, Iâ€™m more fascinated with what happened after â€œJesus, Peter, John, and James had come down from the mountain.â€
My fascination is also fed by the leftover learning from the singular course in ancient Greek that I survived during seminary.
In the ninth chapter of Luke (along with Mark 9:2-8 and Matthew 17:1-8), the Gospel reader â€œviewsâ€ Jesusâ€™ sublime transfiguration on a mountain. This was witnessed by the inner circle of disciples, was likely a parallel (literally, metaphorically, or both) to Mosesâ€™ mountaintop moment with the Holy in Exodus 34:29-35, and included Godâ€™s blessing on Jesusâ€™ ministry.
But enough about that life-altering and transcendent event!
Afterwards, Jesus hiked down the mountain, back into the mess and stress of humanity. While Peter, James, and Johnâ€™s souls were still awhirl from the transfiguration (and their soles probably ached from pounding along a rocky trail), a stranger buttonholed Jesus. Continue reading →