The Transfiguration of The Son of Man (Mark 9:2-8)
Scripture: Mark 9:2–9:8
In Mark 9:2-8 we read of the transfiguration of Jesus on a high mountain with Peter, James, and John in attendance. The purpose of the transfiguration was to demonstrate the divine nature of Jesus as God's Son. The glory witnessed by the three disciples on the mountain was also a foreshadowing of the glory that Jesus will have at His "parousia" (second coming). The apostle Peter explains in 2 Peter 1:16-21 that the transfiguration proves that the apostles had the correct interpretation of Scripture when they maintained that Jesus is coming back. The very fact that Peter and the other two apostles heard the Father say from heaven, "This is My beloved Son" was proof that Jesus was the Messiah of Psalm 2. In this Psalm, the Messiah is depicted as the One who will come and reign over all the nations. Peter reasoned that this was proof that Jesus must return a second time -- not to suffer but to come in glory. This passage proves that the ultimate author of Scripture (God) is the One Who grounds its meaning. We can conclude, therefore, that if anyone's interpretation differs from that of the apostles (those inspired by God) - they are wrong!