Canon Richard Moatt, Rector Of Lewes

Rector’s monthly message – August

Canon Richard Moatt, Rector of Lewes writes for August 2019:

This month the church remembers one of the most significant moments in Jesus’ life and ministry: The Transfiguration. After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain where they were all alone. There He was transfigured before them; his clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus: “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. (Mark 9).

The account of The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ as recorded here in Mark (parallel passages are found in Matthew 17:1-3 and Luke 9:28-36) is a demonstration to three witnesses that Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be. In all three accounts of The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, we are given the names of the three disciples who accompanied Jesus and who stood as human witnesses to the glory that was Christ’s. There were also three heavenly witnesses: Moses, Elijah and the voice of God from heaven. Therefore, the Old Testament law of three witnesses required to attest to any fact (Deuteronomy 19:15) was satisfied both in Earth and in Heaven.

The Transfiguration is the proof that the Son of God came to Earth in the form of a man, to be the true servant of God and to gift mankind with the greatest gift ever given, eternal life. The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ was a visible sign, in the presence of reliable witnesses, of the reality of the power of God and the glory, which is Jesus Christ.