The Scripture reading for today is Matthew 11 through chapter 23. Every Sunday Christians gather in remembrance; not of His death, but His resurrection. We often fail to remember that Jesus was more than a martyr though. He was more than a man dying for a cause. He was the Man sent to fulfill all the law and the prophets. He is the God-Man sent and set to fulfill the Scriptures.
There is many a time in Matthew’s account of the life of Jesus where we read something like, “That the Scriptures might be fulfilled”, even up to His death on the cross and His resurrection.
Matthew records several discourses which Jesus spoke. The first one was the Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7). The second was in chapter 13 and was short messages dealing with the kingdom. One had to do with Him sending forth His disciples with the message of the kingdom (chapter 18). The final one is called the Olivet Discourse (chapters 24-25), and deals with the last days, and His return following His death.
In chapter 17 of Matthew we have an event that is also recorded in Mark 9 and Luke 9; and that is the event of Jesus’s Transfiguration. It is a meeting that takes place between Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. We read,
“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.’ While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.’ And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, ‘Arise, and be not afraid.’ And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.” Matthew 17:1-8 (KJV)
In the appearance of Moses we have the representative of the Law. In the appearance of Elijah we have the representative of the Prophets. Jesus Himself is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, thus the voice out of the cloud which spoke was that of the Father, declaring that His Son holds all authority of the Law and the Prophets. He says, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.”
At this transfiguration the three disciples; Peter, James and John saw Jesus in His glorified state. This event of itself, then with the testimony of His Father gives the disciples assurance, that this truly is the God/Man, Son of God and King of kings. They would need to learn to trust that now was not the time for His reign, but the time of His sacrifice.
Today I end this with some of what will be read next,
With these several discourses of Jesus He went to the cross, presenting Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the people; laying His own life down on the cross, forsaken by the Father, buried in a borrowed tomb, rising again victoriously from that grave. After His resurrection He gives another short discourse,
“All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:18-20
The life of Jesus the King of kings was to give His life. In His life we have many teachings on how to live, have faith, trust, and pray. He did not come at this time to rule, but to serve us and to die for our sins. He did, and He rose again. He is coming again.