July 26, 2020 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1976
#11 in series
SERVANT KING: From the Mountain to the Valley (Part 1)
I. TRUTH REVEALED TO THE THREE
1) Confirmed Peter’s confession
2) Affirmed Christ as the fulfillment of the law and prophets
3) Revealed the Father’s approval
4) Provided a glimpse of the glory of Christ
II. THE TIME AT THE TOP
Matthew viewed Christ as the King and emphasized His countenance. This parallels John’s vision in Revelation 1. Luke majored on the top of the conversation about the forthcoming death of Christ. Mark showed He had garments that were whiter and brighter than anything on earth. This was a glimpse of the Lord from glory.
“Transfigure” means “to give a new and typically exalted or spiritual appearance; to transform outwardly and usually for the better.”
“But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18
III. THE TRIP DOWN
Jesus forbids them from talking about this incredible moment, even to the other disciples. Why?
1) They only knew in part.
2) They didn’t fully grasp what had happened.
“The disciples were still confused about the coming of Elijah to prepare the way for the Messiah. They knew the prophecies in Malachi. Had Elijah already come and they missed him, or was he yet to come? Jesus made two facts clear. First, for those who had trusted in Him, this ‘Elijah’ was John the Baptist, for John had indeed prepared the way before Him. John had denied that he was Elijah come from the dead (John 1:21, 25), but he did minister in the ‘spirit and power of Elijah’ (Luke 1:16-17). Second, there would be a future coming of Elijah, just as Malachi had predicted (Matthew 17:11), before the time of Great Tribulation.” – Warren Wiersbe