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Transfiguration

The Resurrection

After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves. He was changed before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week,

Behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking with him.

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.

Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let’s make three tents here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them.

Behold, there was a great earthquake,

Behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”

for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky and came and rolled away the stone from the door and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid. Jesus came and touched them and said, “Get up, and don’t be afraid.”

For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men. The angel answered the women, “Don’t be afraid,

Jesus AloneLifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone.

Jesus Alonefor I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified.

As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Don’t tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”

He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said.

Transfiguration: The Resurrection

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Transfiguration: The Resurrection

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He is not here, for He has Risen

ResurrectionTransfigurationIn the resurrection scene, it begins to dawn on the first day of the week. I explained in one of my videos that nearly every other word in the bible is a symbol with a deeper meaning. The dawn symbolizes a new beginning — a transfiguration — and a transformation.

Made New

It begins to dawn. Jesus begins to shine. This is a new beginning, one that is eternal. I believe it’s not the “first day” of the week as we think of it. It’s the first day in a time of eternity.

Appearing

Two women come to see the tomb, but we know they’re actually seeking Jesus. Moses and Elijah suddenly appear. New souls enter his Kingdom, all those who seek Jesus. All those who are written in his Book of Life.

Inner Gate

Peter testifies of a place we want to be. There is a great earthquake, as a doorway to eternity is opened. I’ve mentioned before, this doorway will never be closed again.

Like the Sun

An angel descends from heaven, rolls away the stone and sits upon it. The angel looks like lightning, with clothing as white as snow. The angel looks like Jesus, God’s beloved Son. I believe we too stand before this throne.

Rise

The guards fall and become like dead men. It never says the guards rise back up. On the other hand, Jesus touches the disciples, and tells them to rise. Jesus holds the power of death and eternal life. Death is no longer a barrier. Do not be afraid.

Seek

Jesus AloneThe disciples look up and see Jesus alone. The angel knows that the woman seeks Jesus who has been crucified. They are looking for him, even though he is dead. He alone has passed through death into new life. He is the way.

Risen

Jesus tells them, “Do not tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of man has risen from the dead.” The angel says, “He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said.”

An Eternal View

The resurrection story is wonderful, but the truth is, it’s not really a resurrection story. It’s showing the opposite. It’s showing where Jesus isn’t. He is not here. It doesn’t show where Jesus is. He has risen.

Now, I hope you can see beyond the curtain — where Jesus is. He stands atop a great and high mountain, with clothes as white a light, shining like the sun, in a place of eternity.

It is a place and power that lives within us. One that transforms lives and souls. It is a power that says, “Behold. I am making all things new.”

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