The Transfiguration of Jesus was an awesome scene that the disciples would never forget, but what was its purpose? Why were Moses and Elijah there? How might God have used this in the life of the disciples?
This story of a man being healed of his deafness is a parable of what Jesus does for those who are spiritually deaf- He gives them ears to HEAR, and then a tongue to sing for joy.
Like those first disciples, we are also prone to fear when we forget who Jesus is, His ways, His power, and His concern for us.
Following Christ is a high calling, and impossible without the Lord’s help. To comfort the overwhelmed, God reminds us of Christ.
God is not a joy-kill. He pursues and protects us against the joy-stealing, soul-crushing, effects of sin through the sacrificial death of His Son, and through the continued advocacy of our Savior.
Yes, and I will rejoice,  for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,  as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.  I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.  But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,  so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. (ESV)
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 […]
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Luke 9:18-26 18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.”20 Then he said to them, “But who […]