As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. ~ Luke 9:29
Several years back a man in Asia sued his ex-wife because she had given birth to what he described as a very ugly baby. He thought she must have had an affair, because he couldn’t imagine how a good-looking guy like himself could be the father of such an ugly child.
Then the truth came out. Before the man and woman met, she’d had about $100,000 worth of cosmetic surgery, which dramatically altered her appearance. She had never told him about the surgery. The man won the lawsuit.
We may not all hide $100,000 worth of plastic surgery from our spouse, but we all hide some things. Rarely are we willing to fully reveal ourselves to others.
Jesus, interestingly enough, was willing to reveal himself to his disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration. What a gift! They finally saw him for who he really is—the eternal, all-powerful God of the universe. This revelation would no doubt be a great comfort to them later when they witnessed his suffering and death and, even later, when they experienced their own suffering and death.
We can be thankful that, in the words of the Bible, Jesus has also revealed himself to us as the one true God. What a comfort this is when we experience our own suffering—knowing that this same, all-powerful God is with us. What comfort this will one-day be when we face our own death—knowing that this same, all-powerful God has conquered death and will give us eternal life.
Prayer: Remind me, O Savior, of what you revealed on the holy mountain. Comfort me today with the knowledge of who you really are. Amen.