Q. You stated in an answer titled “The Transfiguration” that the topic of discussion between Jesus, Moses, and Elijah was the 2nd coming. You sited 2 Peter 1:16-18 for a reference. I have heard it said at other times that the second coming is what they were talking about at the Transfiguration. Although Peter is clearly talking here about his experience at the Transfiguration, I don’t get that about the 2nd coming when I read this passage. Can you explain to me how you get that understanding?
A. 2 Peter 1:16 reads, “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
The phrases “power and coming” and the reference to His majesty can only refer to the second coming. His first coming was not in power but as a powerless baby boy, but He described His 2nd coming as being with power and great glory (Matt. 24:30).
Nor was there any majesty in His first coming. He appeared as a common ordinary person. In fact Isaiah 53, a prophecy of the Messiah says, He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. But at the transfiguration “His face shone like the Sun and His clothes became as bright as light” (Matt. 17:2).