And after six days Jesus takes Peter, James, and John his brother, and brings them up into an high mountain apart,…
I. To CONFIRM THE FAITH OF THE DISCIPLES IN THEIR LORD as the Son of God and the promised Redeemer. To His enemies He would give no sign; to the disciples He gave this.
II. To INAUGURATE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AS THE SUPREME HEAD AND LAWGIVER OF THE CHURCH.
III. To APPRISE THE DISCIPLES OF THE DEEP AND INTENSE INTEREST FELT BY HEAVEN IN THE REDEMPTION ABOUT TO BE EFFECTED BY THE DEATH OF JESUS,
IV. TO SUSTAIN THE HUMAN NATURE OF OUR LORD IN THE IMMEDIATE PROSPECT AND THE ACTUAL ENDURANCE OF HIS UNEQUALLED SUFFERINGS.
V. TO DEEPEN THE CONVICTION OF THE DISCIPLES AND OUR OWN OF THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL AND OF THE BLESSEDNESS OF DEPARTED SAINTS even in a disembodied state.
(G. Brooks.)Let us contemplate —
I. The Lord transfigured before us. Can we not truly say, in viewing Him, "It is good for us to be here"?
II. Saints holding communion round about us.
III. The world and its misery beneath us.
(C. Gerok, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,