The Transfiguration of Our Lord: God
Manifests His Glory in the Body of Christ
Jesus, Transfigured for Us by His Cross
Exodus 24:8–18; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Matthew
17:1–9; Psalm 2:6-12
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
2 Peter 1:16–21
God Manifests His Glory in the Body of Christ Jesus, Transfigured for Us by His Cross
The Transfiguration confirms “the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention
as to a lamp shining in a dark place” (2 Pet. 1:19). The divine glory of Jesus is manifested in
the word of His apostles, who were “eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Pet. 1:16). “He was
transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun” (Matt. 17:2). Moses and Elijah
witnessed the fulfillment of the Old Testament in this Lord Jesus, and the Father testified
concerning Him: “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 17:5). By His
own blood, shed on the cross, Jesus makes and seals the new covenant with us. Hence, “the
appearance of the glory of the Lord” is no longer “like a devouring fire” (Ex. 24:17), but is
graciously revealed in His own body. As “Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders
of Israel” went up the mountain with Moses and “beheld God, and ate and drank” (Ex.
24:9, 11), we also behold the Lord our God in Christ Jesus, and we abide with Him as we eat
and drink His body and blood at the altar.
The Transfiguration is a pivotal
moment, and the setting on the
mountain is presented as the point
where human nature meets God:
the meeting place for the temporal
and the eternal, with Jesus himself
as the connecting point, acting as
the bridge between heaven and
The disciples saw God reflected in
Jesus. What are your mountaintop
moments where you get that
perfect picture of heaven?
“When higher beings allow us to see
them, that's the very moment we begin
to be one of them.” --Toba Beta
(Indonesian Sci Fi author)
1 O wondrous type! O vision fair
What glory shall be theirs above
Of glory that the Church may share,
Who joy in God with perfect love.
Which Christ upon the mountain shows,
Where brighter than the sun He glows! 4 And faithful hearts are raised on high
By this great vision's mystery,
2 With Moses and Elijah nigh
For which in joyful strains we raise
The incarnate Lord holds converse high; The voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.
And from the cloud the Holy One
Bears record to the only Son.
5 O Father, with the eternal Son
And Holy Spirit ever one,
3 With shining face and bright array
We pray Thee, bring us by Thy grace
Christ deigns to manifest today
To see Thy glory face to face
Use your prayer notes.
Use a verse from the
bible to reflect on.
Pray for his light to
shine on us.
Let us pray for the whole Church of
God in Christ Jesus and for all
people according to their
needs, saying: Lord, whose onlybegotten Son was transfigured on
the mountaintop, hear us, we pray!
incarnate presence in the blessed
Sacrament, that we may believe that
Jesus is the Christ and here learn
from Him to live in faith toward
God and in fervent love for one
another. Lord, whose only-begotten
Son was transfigured on the
mountaintop, hear us, we pray!
O Lord, You have not left us
destitute in these last days, but You
have promised to abide with us in Heavenly Father, You are the Lord
the prophetic Word. Grant us open of the nations, the One who rules in
ears and penitent hearts to hear the perfect justice, world without end.
Scriptures as they are read aloud and Continue to guide, comfort and
preached in our midst, that we may sustain our leaders, especially
join Peter, James and John in
following Your Word as our light in president, [___________, our
the darkness. Lord, whose onlygovernor, ______________, our
begotten Son was transfigured on mayor], and all who administer the
the mountaintop, hear us, we pray! laws of the state. Grant that they
might rule justly, put the good of our
O God, in the glorious
nation first and follow the example
transfiguration of Your onlyof Your Son, who came not to be
begotten Son, You revealed a
served but to serve. Lord, whose
glimpse of Your glory and
only-begotten Son was transfigured
proclaimed Jesus to be Your Son. on the mountaintop, hear us, we
Grant us the true glory of Your
O Lord, Your Son is the center of the only-begotten Son was transfigured
church year, as sure as He is the
on the mountaintop, hear us, we
center of the Christian faith and life. pray!
As we prepare for the season of
Lent, grant us penitent hearts and
O Lord, You know our every
need, and You abundantly provide for
Use your prayer notes. steadfast faith to put first things
all our needs of body and soul.
Use a verse from the first, to repent of our sins and to
exercise the three-fold discipline of Bless, guide and govern all who have
bible to reflect on.
prayer, fasting and charitable giving. requested our
Pray his light to shine Grant that we may faithfully journey prayers, [especially_____________].
yet again with Your Word to the cross Grant that they may look to You
and empty tomb this Holy Week and alone in every need, patiently bear
keep the Easter Feast in sincerity and their crosses in faith and take great
truth. Lord, whose only-begotten Son hope and comfort in the promise of
was transfigured on the
the final resurrection of all flesh.
mountaintop, hear us, we pray!
Lord, whose only-begotten Son was
transfigured on the
Lord God, many in this world are
mountaintop, hear us, we pray!
lonely, devoid of family and
friends, and suffering from
Grant us these and all other things
divorce, recent deaths and other
You know that we need, kind
traumas. Send down Your Holy
Father, for the sake of Your onlySpirit, we pray, to work through the begotten Son, even Jesus Christ, our
preached Word to draw all men to
Lord, who lives and reigns with You
Yourself, that we may find a place of and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
consolation and comfort in the
and forever. Amen.
God Manifests His Glory in the Body of
Christ Jesus, Transfigured for Us by His
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Joshua his aide, and Moses went up
8 Moses then took the blood,
on the mountain of God. 14 He said
sprinkled it on the people and said, to the elders, ―Wait here for us until
―This is the blood of the
we come back to you. Aaron and
covenant that the LORD has made Hur are with you, and anyone
with you in accordance with all
involved in a dispute can go to
9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and
15 When Moses went up on the
Abihu, and the seventy elders of
mountain, the cloud covered
10 and saw the God of it, 16 and the glory of
Israel went up
Israel. Under his feet was something the LORD settled on Mount
like a pavement made of lapis
Sinai. For six days the cloud
lazuli, as bright blue as the
covered the mountain, and on the
11 But God did not raise his
seventh day theLORD called to
hand against these leaders of the
Moses from within the cloud. 17 To
Israelites; they saw God, and they the Israelites the glory of
ate and drank.
the LORD looked like a consuming
12 The LORD said to Moses, ―Come fire on top of the mountain. 18 Then
up to me on the mountain and stay Moses entered the cloud as he went
here, and I will give you the tablets on up the mountain. And he stayed
of stone with the law and
on the mountain forty days and forty
commandments I have written for nights.
13 Then Moses set out with
2 Peter 1:16-21
message as something
completely reliable, and you will
16 For we did not follow cleverly do well to pay attention to it, as
devised stories when we told you to a light shining in a dark
about the coming of our Lord
place, until the day dawns and
Jesus Christ in power, but we
the morning star rises in your
were eyewitnesses of his
hearts. 20 Above all, you must
majesty. 17 He received honor andunderstand that no prophecy of
glory from God the Father when Scripture came about by the
the voice came to him from the prophet‘s own interpretation of
Majestic Glory, saying, ―This is things. 21 For prophecy never had
my Son, whom I love; with him I its origin in the human will, but
am well pleased.‖[a] 18 We
prophets, though human, spoke
ourselves heard this voice that from God as they were carried
came from heaven when we were along by the Holy Spirit.
with him on the sacred mountain.
19 We also have the prophetic
bright cloud covered them, and a
voice from the cloud said, ―This is
17 After six days Jesus took with my Son, whom I love; with him I
him Peter, James and John the
am well pleased. Listen to him!‖
brother of James, and led them up 6 When the disciples heard
a high mountain by
this, they fell facedown to the
themselves. 2 There he was
ground, terrified.7 But Jesus came
transfigured before them. His face and touched them.―Get up,‖ he
shone like the sun, and his clothes said. ―Don‘t be afraid.‖8 When
became as white as the light. 3 Just they looked up, they saw no one
then there appeared before them except Jesus.
Moses and Elijah, talking with
9 As they were coming down the
Jesus. 4 Peter said to
mountain, Jesus instructed
Jesus, ―Lord, it is good for us to be them, ―Don‘t tell anyone what you
here. If you wish, I will put up
have seen, until the Son of Man
three shelters—one for you, one has been raised from the dead.‖
for Moses and one for Elijah.‖
5 While he was still speaking, a
6 ―I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.‖
7 I will proclaim the LORD‘s
He said to me, ―You are my son;
today I have become your
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations
the ends of the earth your
9 You will break them with a rod
you will dash them to pieces
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the
11 Serve the LORD with fear
and celebrate his rule with
12 Kiss his son, or he will be
and your way will lead to your
for his wrath can flare up in a
Blessed are all who take
refuge in him.
1 'Tis good, Lord, to be here!
Thy glory fills the night;
4 Before we taste of death,
Thy face and garments, like the
We see Thy kingdom come;
We long to hold the vision
Shine with unborrowed light.
And make this hill our home.
2 'Tis good, Lord, to be here,
Thy beauty to behold
5 'Tis good, Lord, to be here!
Where Moses and Elijah stand,
Yet we may not remain;
Thy messengers of old.
But since you bidst us leave the
3 Fulfiller of the past
Come with us to the plain.
And hope of things to be,
We hail Thy body glorified
And our redemption see.
2 Cor. 5:20b—6:10
Psalm 51:1–13 (14-19)
Return to the Lord Your God with All Your
Heart, for He Has Reconciled You to Himself
On Ash Wednesday, we come down from the
mountain with Jesus and set our face toward His
Cross and Passion in Jerusalem. We make our
pilgrimage with Him by way of repentance, and
thus we return to our dying and rising in Holy
Baptism. Christ Jesus, “who knew no sin,”
became our sin, so that by His death we are
released from sin and in His resurrection we
“become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).
As God has thereby reconciled the world to
Himself in Christ, “now is the favorable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).
He has provided the sacrificial Lamb, and He has
left “a blessing behind Him, a grain offering and a
drink offering” (Joel 2:14, 19) in the Eucharist. He
summons us to return to Him with all our
heart, because He is “gracious and merciful, slow
to anger, and abounding in steadfast love” (Joel
2:13). We do so with faith and confidence in
Him, and so we pray to Him as our Father, give
to the needy from a heart of love, and fast for the
sake of repentance (Matt. 6:3–4, 6, 17–18).
First Sunday in Lent:
The Lord Jesus Christ Is
Our Champion against
Genesis 3:1-21 The Fall
Romans 5:12-19 Death Through
Adam, Life Through Christ
Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus is Tested
in the Wilderness
Psalm 32:1-7 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven
Your desire will be for your husband,
tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty
and he will rule over you.‖
nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, ―If
17 To Adam he said, ―Because you listened to your wife and ate you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.‖
fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‗You must not 4 Jesus answered, ―It is written: ‗Man shall not live on bread
eat from it,‘
alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘[b]‖
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals ―Cursed is the ground because of you;
the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ―Did God really through painful toil you will eat food from it
the highest point of the temple. 6 ―If you are the Son of God,‖ he
say, ‗You must not eat from any tree in the garden‘?‖
all the days of your life.
said, ―throw yourself down. For it is written:
2 The woman said to the serpent, ―We may eat fruit from the
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
―‗He will command his angels concerning you,
trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‗You must not eat fruit
and you will eat the plants of the field.
and they will lift you up in their hands,
from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must 19 By the sweat of your brow
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.‘[c]‖
7 Jesus answered him, ―It is also written: ‗Do not put the Lord
not touch it, or you will die.‘‖
you will eat your food
4 ―You will not certainly die,‖ the serpent said to the
until you return to the ground,
your God to the test.‘[d]‖
5 ―For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed
since from it you were taken;
will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and
for dust you are
him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.9 ―All this I
and to dust you will return.‖
will give you,‖ he said, ―if you will bow down and worship me.‖
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for
20 Adam[c] named his wife Eve,[d] because she would become the 10 Jesus said to him, ―Away from me, Satan! For it is written:
food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining
mother of all the living.
‗Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.‘[e]‖
21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her
husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both and clothed them.
of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they Romans 5:12-19
sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ
Of David. A maskil.[a]
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as 12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and 1 Blessed is the one
he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they
death through sin, and in this way death came to all
whose transgressions are forgiven,
hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But
people, because all sinned—
whose sins are covered.
13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but 2 Blessed is the one
the LORD God called to the man, ―Where are you?‖
10 He answered, ―I heard you in the garden, and I was
sin is not charged against anyone‘s account where there is no
whose sin the LORD does not count against them
afraid because I was naked; so I hid.‖
law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the and in whose spirit is no deceit.
11 And he said, ―Who told you that you were naked? Have you
3 When I kept silent,
time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a
eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?‖
command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
my bones wasted away
12 The man said, ―The woman you put here with me—she gave
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the
through my groaning all day long.
me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.‖
trespass of the one man, how much more did God‘s grace and 4 For day and night
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, ―What is this you have the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus
your hand was heavy on me;
Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be
my strength was sapped
The woman said, ―The serpent deceived me, and I ate.‖
compared with the result of one man‘s sin: The judgment
as in the heat of summer.[b]
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, ―Because you have done followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by
and did not cover up my iniquity.
―Cursed are you above all livestock
the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one
I said, ―I will confess
and all wild animals!
man, how much more will those who receive God‘s abundant
my transgressions to the LORD.‖
You will crawl on your belly
provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in
And you forgave
and you will eat dust
life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
the guilt of my sin.
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation
6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in
while you may be found;
between you and the woman,
justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the
surely the rising of the mighty waters
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so
will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place;
he will crush[b] your head,
also through the obedience of the one man the many will be
and you will strike his heel.‖
you will protect me from trouble
16 To the woman he said,
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
―I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
Genesis 3:1-21; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11; Psalm