While reading through the book of Mark the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain made me think. Mostly, why just Peter, James and John and not everyone? And also why didn’t he want them to tell anyone what they had seen? Firstly, let’s start with the disciple Peter. Peter as we know loved Jesus more than the other disciples and Jesus loved Peter in return. We can find evidence for this in the book of John 21:15. “Peter was greater than the rest on account of the excellence of the love which he had for the Savior: Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. (John 21:15) Indeed, Peter loved the Lord more than any of the other Apostles.” At this point I believe it would also be important to note another example that sets the stage for Peter would be a verse that we read last week in Matthew 16:18, which basically says that Jesus will build his church on the rock and referring to Peter as the rock. James is thought to represent the brain from the three. With Peter representing the body and John the heart/spirit, which could be the reason Jesus chose these three men. Another possibility would be that in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 19 verses 15 Moses requires witnesses of two or three to convince others of truth, essentially. “John In the privilege of Christ’s love for him on account of his virginity, and, again, on account of his being privileged to be an Evangelist.” It is believed that John was chosen because of his pure heart. As in the article linked for instance, the author believes that John was chosen as one of the three simply because he was pure in heart unlike the other apostles. “Essentially, these three apostles were more intimately associated with the suffering of Christ: first Pope (Peter), first Martyr (James), only Apostle at the crucifixion and guardian of Mary (John).” After researching the topic, the only clear explanation for Jesus choosing the three apostles that he did is simply that those were the three he was closest to, and the three that he most trusted to keep what they had seen a secret until his death and resurrection.
This now leads us to the question, why didn’t Jesus want the men to tell anyone what they had seen until after his death and resurrection. “Wisely, Jesus told the disciples to not speak of the transfiguration until after His resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus was the final confirmation of His ministry and glory; until then, reports of the transfiguration would be more likely to test the faith of those who did not see it rather than strengthen their faith.” This makes perfect since because with others testifying of what they’d seen it would simply “add fuel to the fire” so to speak; Especially, within the community of the first century Jews where Moses, and Elijah were held so dear to them. The story of the transfiguration is an interesting one to indulge into. Although there are many speculations of the small facts within the story, at times the simplest of answers may be the best.
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