This morning the pastor asked us to do a “thought experiment” with regard to the story of the Transfiguration. I thought I’d include you and give you a chance to discuss it.
The text from Luke reads:
“While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.” (Luke 9:34-36, NRSV)
Here are the questions:
- What if the voice from the cloud had said, “This is my Chosen One, listen to him!” and the disciples had opened their eyes and seen Moses alone?
- What if the voice from the cloud had said, “This is my Chosen One, listen to him!” and the disciples had opened their eyes and seen Elijah alone?
What would that communicate, and how would that matter, and how would that differ from them seeing Jesus alone?
If it were our calling to listen to Moses or Elijah and look to one of them alone, what would that entail? What would our faith and the practice of our religion look like today?