In this unique Lenten devotional, author Tim Chester explores the relationship between the transfiguration of Jesus and the events that transpired on his journey to the cross and his resurrection.
Chester explains why he wrote from this perspective, considering that the transfiguration “was done and dusted long before the beginning of the first Holy Week.” His answer? “The glory of Jesus is not simply the light-show on the mount of transfiguration. His ultimate glory is his determination to offer himself for his people. It is the glory of his love. And so the mount of transfiguration leads to the hill of Calvary. His reward is not simply to be glorified but to lead his people home to glory. He is not only victorious over sin and death; he shares that victory with us.”
Particularly encouraging is Chester’s concluding section of devotions titled “Radiant and Transformed,” in which he spells out what the transfiguration means for believers today and for eternity: “As we gaze upon Christ, we are transfigured by our encounter with his glory. His glory captures our hearts and reorders our affections. We become entranced by the beauty of the one we see in the pages of Scripture. We become radiant people who shine with the glory of the grace of Christ.”
Though Chester wrote his devotions for the Lenten season, he points out that they are relevant any time because the transfiguration is “a year-round invitation to be dazzled by our radiant Redeemer.” (The Good Book Company)
About the Author
Sonya VanderVeen Feddema is a freelance writer and a member of Covenant CRC in St. Catharines, Ontario.