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The Transfiguration

Anchor Devotional - 03.17.13


"There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became
as white as the light."

(MATTHEW 17:2)

Psalm 51

A church commemorating the transfiguration rests on Mount Tabor, many miles west of the Kinneret, the Hebrew name for Lake Galilee. But more scholars today believe the site of the transfiguration was on the snow-capped Mount Hermon. It was probably here, after passing by Caesarea Philippi, that Jesus led the disciples to the place where He was enveloped in a bright cloud. “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus” (Matthew 17:2-3).


The color of the cloth was significant, for in the first century clothing could be dyed many colors, but never white. The color signifies purity, holiness, righteousness. It’s the color Jesus wears in His glory and that with which we will be robed in a time to come. “For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10). Robes washed in the blood of the Lamb turn white.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 51

Insight

"A VOICE FROM [HEAVEN] SPOKE, 'THIS IS MY SON, WHOM I LOVE; WITH HIM I AM WELL PLEASED. LISTEN
TO HIM!'"

(MATTHEW 17:5)

Read the Bible

  • Numbers 29-30
  • Psalm 76
  • John 18