Gospel: Mark 9:2-9
Epistle: 2 Cor. 3:12-13 (14-18); 4:1-6
Lesson: Exodus 34:29-35 or 2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm: Psalm 50:1-6
CLB Commentary – Rev. Dale Hanson
The Old Testament Lesson for today is referred to, even explained, in the Epistle Lesson. The glory of God changed the very appearance of Moses and when Jesus was transfigured his clothes became radiant, intensely white as no one on earth could bleach them. The glory and splendor of God is beyond comprehension to the human experience.
There is a sense, as II Corinthians 3 explains it, that the Law puts a veil over us and we cannot understand it correctly without Christ. In Christ the veil is lifted and we are freed! Indeed the God of this world who is Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel. Jesus is the light that shines out of darkness and gives the light of the knowledge of the glory of God which is the gospel of Jesus.
Actually the glory of the divine nature of Jesus also had to be veiled normally but it was allowed to shine forth for a moment on the Mount of Transfiguration. He shone forth with brilliance unmatched in this world. Moses and Elijah appeared with him. Peter was overwhelmed and terrified . . . he who always had something to say didn’t know what to say!
Overall, the heart of Jesus’ prophecy was his death and resurrection. His glory did not dismiss the cross. Hear again the actual verbal words from God the Father here as it was heard at his baptism, “This is my beloved Son!” Here he adds the words, “Listen to Him!” This Sunday before Ash Wednesday we clearly see that Jesus is the God-man come to redeem us from our sins by suffering and dying on the cross. What glorious hope for sinners who are condemned by the Law and incapable to freeing ourselves from it bondage and death.
A Prayer about God’s Word
Blessed Lord, You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that, by patience and comfort of your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.