Transfiguration. In a single mountaintop moment, earth brushed with heaven, humanity with divinity, and we get a glimpse at the full power of Jesus. Not only that, but we also get a glimpse at our own identity in Christ.
Transfiguration isn’t just something that happened in the past. It’s an ongoing process, a work God is always doing. It a work he’s doing right now in our lives if we let him.
The best picture of this process of transfiguration is in the book of Revelation. John, one of the disciples who witnessed Christ’s transfiguration, would many years later write about his vision of Jesus seated on a throne in heaven. Jesus’ words in that moment are words we need to hear. “Behold, I am making all things new!”
Notice that he didn’t say “I made all things new.” He said “I am making all things new.” Transfiguration is a work he is always doing in the here and now.
Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we all have the opportunity to become children of God. And just like Jesus appeared on the mountain of transfiguration as a changed person, we will be forever changed from our encounter with God. He will take every aspect about our being – all of our triumphs and talents, all of our fears and our faults -and make them new. He will restore every aspect of our humanity into what they were originally created to be: good and holy.
The greatest work of a Christian doesn’t really involve doing anything at all. It involves humbling ourselves daily and putting ourselves in a position where God can change us, performing his divine work on us and making us into a new creation.
This is a daily decision. God has given us a say in the matter. We can choose to live out of our flawed humanity, or we can choose to live out each day as children of God, forever changed by the one who makes all things new.