Holy Spirit slips this story into Matthew’s narrative so seamlessly that we might miss its vital importance if we don’t pay close attention. Why is this event included? God is giving us a trailer about what is about to take place: the complete establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth. A few verses after Matthew concludes the telling of such a magnificent moment, Jesus announces His death and resurrection. The Kingdom is about to fully come.
With the transfiguration, He is about to give His three closest friends a glimpse of the coming glory. For this reason, Jesus prefaces the big occasion with these words: “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom” (Matt. 16:28, NKJV). This moment on the mountain beholding His brilliance is to show them what the Kingdom looks like. (Sometimes showing is so much more effective than telling!)
There’s a detail here that Holy Spirit wants to draw our attention to. Not only Elijah, but Moses appears with Jesus in the glory cloud. Why is this significant? Because prior to this moment, Moses had been kept out of the Promised Land entirely. His anger problem had disqualified him from entering into that which he had waited all of his life. I can’t even imagine how much it had to hurt to lead God’s people through the desert for forty years, up the very border, gaze at it from afar, and not be allowed to enter.
But now, here he is, on the Mount of Transfiguration. Inside the Promised Land. Qualified. Included. Restored. Put on display by the Father as a demonstration of what the Kingdom looks like. Hanging out with Jesus in all of His glory and splendor. This, my friend, is the Kingdom. You and me, brought into all of the fullness of God’s presence and promises, in spite of our terrible failings.
Romans explains this beautifully: “For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering” (Rom. 8:3, NIV). Welcome to the Kingdom. God is doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Is there an area of weakness that has gotten the best of you for years? Holy Spirit wants to encourage your heart with this truth. If He was able to transform Moses enough to bring him into the Promised Land after all, He can surely transform you and me.
Let your faith arise as Holy Spirit pours this revelation into your heart. What you are powerless to do in keeping the rules (law), Jesus accomplished for you at the cross. He did it. It’s yours. His victory is available for you, today. Receive His supernatural impartation of power to overcome, even now!
What is waiting for you in your personal Promised Land? Is God’s power big enough to get you there?