Moses and Elijah at the Transfiguration

Luke 9:30-31 - And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. When the 3 disciples were fully awake they were terrified by the dazzling brightness of the glory of God shining through Christ, and suddenly they saw Moses and Elijah appearing in glory and speaking with Jesus about his upcoming decease in Jerusalem. Moses and Elijah were the representatives of the Law and the Prophets. In the Jewish culture the Law and the Prophets meant the sum total of Gods Scriptures from beginning to end. In other words Moses and Elijah were witnesses to the glory of Christ, and what was about to happen soon in Jerusalem that would change the world. Everything was in fulfillment of the promises given in the Scriptures. Jesus was preparing his disciples to continue his work after he dies and is raised from the dead, and seeing these two witnesses testifying to who Jesus was and what Jesus was about to accomplish in Jerusalem would strengthen them when they see him die, and also strengthen them for their great mission of spreading the good news to the world. Note: The word decease or departure is Greek from the Hebrew Exodus and is reminiscent of the Exodus in Egypt when Moses instructed the Hebrews to slay the unblemished Lamb and strike or sprinkle the blood on their lintel and doorposts of their homes and death would Pass Over them. They were to do it in haste for they were departing that night from the land of Egypt and the glory cloud would lead the way to the promised land. The Passover Lamb was a type of Jesus who was slain for the sins of the world, and anyone who applies HIS blood will escape the real death, the second death, eternal death, which will pass over them, the real Exodus. The promised land is a type of heaven which the Bible calls The New Jerusalem when God will create a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness will dwell for eternity.

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