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Milestones With The Master

His Transfiguration

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | March 13, 1977

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A transfiguration is a change on the outside that comes from the inside, and for Jesus this meant His inner glory shone through His human body. Pastor Wiersbe looks at the transfiguration through the eyes of the people involved and explains how we were a part of this event.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Transfiguration is a change on the outside that comes from the inside.

The central fact of the transfiguration is the glory of God.

The glory inside Jesus shone through His human body.

There is no real glory on Earth apart from God.

Looking at the transfiguration through the eyes of the people involved allow us to understand it and how we are a part of it.

Five witnesses of the transfiguration that help us understand what it was like:

-       John remembered the glory of the Son (John 1:14).

  • When Jesus left heaven, He left glory. The transfiguration is the only time God permitted glory to come through Jesus’ human body.
  • God can put His glory in us when we are saved and our body becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit.
  • We will one day see and share in Jesus’ glory.
  • Our hope in seeing God’s glory means we also have a responsibility to share His glory with others.

-       Peter saw the glory of the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:12-21).

  • The Bible’s objective truth is far greater than any vision we can have.
  • One day, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of Jesus Christ.

-       James remembers the glory of suffering.

  • James was the first of the disciples to die.
  • Three times Jesus brings Peter, James, and John separate from the rest of the disciples: the transfiguration, healing Jairus’s daughter, and the Garden of Gethsemane. 
  • Jesus was glorified as He discussed suffering and death.
  • Death has no sting and the grave has no victory when you know Jesus.

-       Moses and Elijah saw the glory of salvation.

  • Moses helped found our faith through the Law, Elijah defended our faith as a prophet, and Jesus fulfilled our faith.
  • For both the Israelites and us, salvation comes by sacrifice through faith.
  • In heaven, we are all going to be transfigured in glory.

-       Jesus saw the glory of surrender.

  • For Jesus, the transfiguration was a pre-Calvary encouragement.
  • Glory is not found in pampering ourselves but in surrendering to God.
  • We are transfigured by the renewing of our minds.
  • God’s glory can move into our lives when we yield to Him.

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