The Transfiguration

Q. Do you have a teaching on Matthew 16:28? What was Jesus talking about?

A. Matt. 16:28 says,

“I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

This is one of those unfortunate places when the chapter break is a bit awkward, because the event Jesus was describing took place in the first eight verses of the next chapter. After six days had passed Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a nearby mountain. There He was transfigured before them. He assumed His heavenly form and met with Moses and Elijah, neither of whom had been seen on Earth for hundreds of years, but were recognizable to the disciples, meaning they were in bodily form. They also heard the voice of God coming from a bright cloud that enveloped them.

It was one of those “outside of time” experiences where the three disciples were allowed a glimpse of the Lord in a time yet future to them; a time following His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension into heaven, after He had taken His place as our heavenly King.

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