Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.  And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah,  who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
Have you ever seen something so amazing that is changed you forever? An unbelievable and dramatic ending to a sports game. Somebody recovers from an illness in an explainable way. A car accident that should have happened, but some how was avoided. A tragic incident in a place where you were just a couple of hours earlier.
The transfiguration was one of these kinds of events, but even greater. Jesus had just sent out his disciples with the power of the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel and heal illnesses. When they returned Jesus took them to Bethsaida where he fed 5,000 plus people, asked the disciples who they think he is, foretells his death, and calls his disciples and those listening to take up their cross and follow him.
All of these events are building to this one single event where Jesus takes Peter, James, and John and reveals his true glory, as the Son of God to them. It is Jesus removing the mask of his earthly form as a confirmation of who he is as God. But it also highlights the reality of the heavenly kingdom and that man will one day be able to dwell with God as he truly is.
This is truly a remarkable event that helps us to understand all that Jesus id doing and saying in all of the gospels, but particularly in this chapter. Jesus, as God, is miraculously feeding and healing people, is predicting his death and resurrection, and is calling people to radical obedience to Him, because he is God. He, as God, is the one and only one who is able to bring the heavenly kingdom to earth, and can bridge the gap between God and man.
Our only response to something like this should be to confess Jesus as the Christ of God. (Lk. 9:20). To believe in his power and that he is a wonder working Savior (Lk. 9:42-43). It should produce a gratitude and humility within us that causes us to consider ourselves the least and to serve others (Lk. 9:48). It should help us to understand what Jesus came to do on this earth (Lk. 9:22; 44). And lastly, it should make us people who give our lives to following Jesus, knowing that he is greater and better than anything else and his kingdom will one day be fully and forever here on earth.
So how will you respond to Jesus today? Will you stand in awe of who he is as God? Will you believe he is a miraculous, and wonder working Messiah? Will you give your life to serving him and him alone?
For he truly is the Christ of God, the transfigured one, who came to rescue a people for himself, and one day will come back to be with his people and make all things new forever.