There are many parallels in the Transfiguration story to the Old Testament story we’ll also hear this Sunday, which is Moses ascending the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments.
What I find fascinating, and hope to explore more fully in my sermon this and next Sunday, is that when Moses came down the mountain, he had a set of rules for the community, a civic code, as well as a list of precise instructions for worship.
When Jesus and his disciples came down the mountain, they had not a code, but a person--and not instructions on how to worship, but a person TO worship: Jesus.
God’s message in Exodus was, “Love me by obeying these commandments.”
God’s message in the Transfiguration was, “This is my Son, whom I love: listen to him!”