Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mount Tabor - The site of the Transfiguration

Mountains were traditionally where God met his people.  Moses received the commandments on a mountain.  Elijah felt the presence of God on a high mountain.  The transfiguration of Jesus occurred on a mountain - Mount Tabor.

Jesus was traveling with his disciples from Caesarea Philippi to Jerusalem.  He took three beloved disciples up the mountain with him.  Those disciples were Peter, James and John.  He proved to them for the last time that He is the true Messiah.

The disciples witnessed Jesus' transfiguration.  While He was dazzling white, he was joined by the prophets Moses and Elijah.  Only the Son of God could call these prophets.  On Mount Tabor, Jesus put an end to the Old Testament.  He combined the law (Moses) and the prophecy (Elijah) together.

Jesus fulfilled the promise God had made to Moses - at this moment, Moses entered the promised land.  A voice came down from heaven, "This is my beloved Son.  Listen to Him, do not doubt."   The transfiguration marks the end of Jesus' ministry.

We celebrated Mass at Mount Tabor.  To stand on the site where God spoke to the disciples and Jesus' transfiguration occurred affirmed our faith. We believe, o we believe, we believe, yes we believe.

Do you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, redeemer of the world?

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