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A lot of Christ lies between Christmas and Easter, and right in the middle lies the Transcendent event of the Transfiguration. A glimpse of the Divine. Jesus’ face shining like the sun. Garments bright as light. A voice from heaven saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.” The transcendent God that can’t be put into a box, yet stands close as a friend, saying, “Get up. Don’t be afraid…”
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. ~ Matthew 17:1-8
About the Author
Steve Albers is a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and Assisting Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.