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1.22 Synoptics -- The Transfiguration

Mat 17:1-9Mk 9:2-9Lk 9:28-36. The Transfiguration is the "coronation" of Jesus as the One who inherited and fulfilled the Old Covenant. Here, both his continuity with, and supremacy over, the prophets was established. Peter thought there was a triumvirate, for whom he would construct three tents. But the Voice proclaimed:

        "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" (Mat 17:5).


Moses and Elijah were the highpoints of the Old Covenant. Their presence on the mountain was both attestation of Jesus and a "handing of the baton" to him. He was now the bearer of God’s creative Word and redemptive purpose. He was the new Lawgiver. In a sense, the Transfiguration was also a summation of and "graduation" from the Old Covenant:

         The old has passed away, behold, the new has come (2 Cor 5:17).


From now on, a new world order will hold sway. There is no mention of Gentiles in any of this. In fact, this pivotal revelation portrayed Jesus most strongly as the Jewish Messiah. But going forward, the old rules, and the old divisions among men, will no longer apply.

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