The text shows a turning point which was always in God’s plan. The Apostles of our Lord, who went up into the mountain witnessed and were shown a vision, which confirmed what our Lord had been teaching them, but they had not understood. As He was speaking to them, He was transfigured and shown to be in His heavenly glorious form before them, radiantly white. The scripture in another place says it was whiter than anything that could have been produced on this earth. So bright and white was the righteousness of Christ, that His disciples could not look upon Him.
They saw that He was speaking with Moses and Elijah. It is recorded they were speaking about the events that He had to go through in fulfilling that period of time, to allow a new period to begin. Our Lord had told His disciples that the law and the prophets were to John the Baptist, and from that point, the Kingdom of God would be preached. They did not understand because they were of the Jewish Faith and they believed that the Messiah would come and the Kingdom of God would begin. They witnessed and saw the three together. We have heard how a bright cloud came over this mountain and surrounded them. There are very few occasions in the scripture where it is recorded that God came directly from Heaven, for man cannot look upon God and live, for the glory of God is so great, but He sent His glory to overshadow them. We see that mortal men had to fall on their faces, for they could not look upon the glory of God and live.
God gave unto us on that day, the most profound message in a few words. He said, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” He confirmed that Jesus His Son and He was able to stand in the presence of God and live, which showed that He was indeed the Son of God. Then God gave direct to the world, that great commandment, the three words that if only we could cling to in this life, we would not need to know and search any other things within our lives. “Hear ye Him.” An instruction that we now needed to listen and hear what the Son of God had to say and the message He had to bring for the Messiah had been rejected, and now there was a period of preparation for the Kingdom of God for all, and this preparation would come through the Word of God, and so fulfilled what Christ had said. The scripture records the Apostle Peter in his enthusiasm, did not realise what he was saying. He said to the Lord, – Let us build three tabernacles; one to Thee, one to Moses and one to Elias. The tradition in those days was that these tabernacles were like an altar, where people who passed by, could kneel down and remember a great event and give thanks unto the Almighty God. When he looked, the only one standing there, was our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and so fulfilled God’s promise through Christ, that the laws which came through Moses, would be fulfilled. The guidance that came through the prophets, who were responsible to bring God’s word to this earth were to end. Now Christ and He alone, would bring about the way to the kingdom of God. The law and the prophets were now finished, and Christ’s word that the Kingdom of God shall be preached, was now to begin. He told them to tell no man of this until He had resurrected from the grave. This was His first teaching — the resurrection. We know that Christ went into the grave as the son of man, for on the cross He became an ordinary man when He took the sins of the world upon Himself, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, He came out of the grave as the Son of God. Now this promise could be given to the world for all mankind that heeded His word.
It is very easy for us to say that we accept Christ’s words. Hear ye Him was the instruction. We in our life say that we accept His word, but — Do we? Do we sort them out and accept those that are pleasing and fit in with our life style? Do we reject those that we think do not fit in with our life style? Hear ye Him was the commandment, hear every word. To take it further, His Words when He said to the Apostles and sent them into the world, “He that heareth you, heareth Me.” The Holy Ghost brings to our remembrance all His words. We must strive at all times to not only be the hearers, but also the doers of His Words as we work towards the coming Kingdom.