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The transfiguration and the defeat of human will

From the April 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal


The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke each record an incident now known as the transfiguration.See Matt. 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-36 . It was an event of singular brilliance for those who witnessed it.

Christ Jesus was talking with Moses and with Elias. Both were Old Testament figures from centuries before. And they both had had radiant experiences. "The skin of his [Moses'] face shone"Ex. 34:30. when he came down from Mount Sinai. And Elias —Elijah—had been translated, an event so bright it is described as involving "a chariot of fire, and horses of fire."II Kings 2:11.

And now, here was Jesus. Radiant seems almost too dim a word to describe what was revealed. Mark begins his account of the transfiguration: "...Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them."Mark 9:2, 3.

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