Today in our Bible reading plan we are up to Matthew 17:1-26. A large part of this is the Transfiguration of Jesus. This is where Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a hill to pray.
As Jesus is praying Moses and Elijah appear and Jesus changes or is Transfigured. Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light (v2).
One question I am often asked is why did Moses and Elijah appear? The answer is was to confirm Jesus’ mission as God’s chosen Messiah.
Moses and Elijah were two great Old Testament Leaders and Prophets. Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible including the Law, Elijah was a great Prophet who had predicted the coming of the Messiah.
Moses being there showed Jesus came to fulfill the Law. Elijah showed that Jesus was the one whom the Prophets spoke about. This along with God’s voice in verse 5 showed Jesus was the long awaited Messiah.