Day 47 | His Face Did Shine
June 14, 2015 - WEEK SEVEN
Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo Transfiguration, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- Why should access to those with priesthood keys matter so much to you?
- Why was it important for Peter, James, and John to witness the Transfiguration? What new principles did they learn?
- Why was it important for Moses, Elias, and Elijah to each be there? Why did God the Father also speak?
[T]he Savior, finding a secluded place, knelt and prayed…. As He prayed He was transfigured. His countenance shone as the sun, and His garments became white as the snow fields above them. He was enwrapped in an aura of glistening brilliance…. Two figures appeared by His side. There stood by Him Moses and Elijah. When the prayer was ended, the coming ordeal undoubtedly accepted, then the full glory fell upon Him, from heaven—a testimony of His divine Sonship and power….
Though difficult for us to understand, Jesus himself must have been strengthened and sustained by Moses and Elijah to prepare Him for the suffering and agony ahead for Him in working out the infinite and eternal atonement of all mankind. An angel from heaven would again in a few days strengthen Him when He would sweat great drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane….
Peter, James, and John—they alone beheld the glory and majesty of the transfigured Jesus and undoubtedly received the keys of the kingdom. These three were yet to be taken to a spot in Gethsemane where they would behold his suffering as He took upon Himself the sins of the world that He might redeem us from the Fall and through His resurrection demonstrate to us that He is the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh and show unto us that He is the Redeemer of the world (David B. Haight “We Beheld His Glory,” Ensign, May 1977, 7–10).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Would you like to have heard Jesus pray?
- Why were the apostles afraid when they saw the messengers?