The Transfiguration: Christ's Coronation as God's Messiah!
The Transfiguration-Christ's Meeting With Moses and Elijah
What Happened Prior To the Meeting On the Mountain?
Theologians and biblical scholars have argued for years that the Transfiguration was similar to a coronation of Jesus Christ as God's Messiah. The argument is somewhat logical when one considers what happened prior to the meeting on the Mountain. Prior to taking his three (3) disciple upon the mountain, Jesus asked them a question as to whom men said that he was, and then he asked them whom they believed that he was. Peter quickly responded that Jesus was indeed the Christ, or Messiah whom God had promised that he would send to redeem his people, Israel (Matthew 16:13-20). Now shortly after Peter's acknowledgment of his Messiah-ship, he led three of his closest disciples to the mountain to commune with two of Israel most significant historical figures. Both of these men, Moses the lawgiver, and Elijah, leader of the prophets, would be readily recognized by the disciples. The recognition of these figures was probably aided by the Holy Spirit, given that none of the disciples knew the facial features of Moses or Elijah. They had long died before any of the disciples had been born.
Coronation or Validity of Christ As Messiah
There was a specific purpose for Christ meeting with Moses and Elijah. The main purpose was to validate that Christ was indeed God's Messiah. Who would better bear witness to that then the two most revered figures of Israel? Moses led the Hebrews out of bondage in Egypt and brought them back to the Promised Land. He was somewhat of a messiah too because he was sent by God while the people were in bondage. Now centuries later, God resurrected him with instructions to meet with his Jesus Christ, the new Messiah who would lead Israel out of its bondage of sin. During the journey back to Canaan, he continuously communed with God, and eventually received God's Covenant for the people of Israel. Elijah was the prophet who came on the scene when the people of Israel were led by a wicked leader and his wife. They caused Israel to be drawn away from God and to worship idols. Elijah rooted out the wickedness and helped the people to return to God. Of all the prophets sent by God, he was the most respected. These two men were dead for centuries. God had them resurrected for this specific purpose of meeting with his Messiah on the mountain. The meeting with Christ with the three disciples as witnesses in effect had validity to what Peter had declared earlier. Not only did God's spirit filled the disciples with the knowledge to understand that Christ was indeed God's Messiah, but now that same Spirit advised them that these two men whom their master commune were Israel two greatest leaders. This meeting was indeed to eliminate any human doubt as to whom Jesus Christ was. In all likelihood after the meeting on the mountain with the historical figures, both Moses and Elijah returned to their resting places (probably their graves) to await the final time when they would be resurrected and transformed (Job 14:13-15).
Moses the Lawgiver
Call Back To Service After Death
Long after their time and subsequent deaths, God called these two historical figures back into his service before their final resurrection and transformation. In this case of Moses and Elijah, God had them resurrected (temporary restoration of body and spirit) for this specific purpose of acknowledging Jesus as God's Messiah. After their temporary mission, they returned back to their resting places because it was not the time for their permanent resurrection and transformation (see Romans 8:29). The temporary resurrection of these two men was not the first time that God had used the dead or departed humans to show the living his power. In the book of Ezekiel, he resurrected an entire army of dry bones, and the resurrection was witnessed by the Prophet Ezekiel. Again, after the dead had served their purpose, they returned to their resting places (i.e., their graves to await Christ's return). The resurrection of humans who have been dead for centuries is a direct indication of God's power. He can literally call back into existence human beings who have long passed and completely decomposed. God is a giant chess player who is able to use human beings, dead or alive, as pawns on his giant chessboard, which is in effect the entire Universe. Once he has no further use for those pawns, rogues, knights or kings, or queens, he takes them out of the game.