This story from the life of Jesus is often called the “Transfiguration” because of the miraculous change of appearance that took place on the top of mountain. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all include this in their account of Jesus’ life.
On the one hand it can be somewhat simple to see what’s happening. If you know believe that Jesus is Lord then hearing about this revelation of his glory will make sense.
Or maybe you’ve never thought much of who Jesus is and this story seems random, or like it doesn’t make sense.
The Transfiguration is a monumental moment in the Gospel of Mark. It falls near the middle of his book and marks a decisive turning point.
We’ve gone through the book of Mark and at each turn asked three critical questions:
1. Who is Jesus?
2. Why does that matter?
3. What does it mean to follow him.
Mark isn’t telling a story just for the fun of it. He’s telling us the story of Jesus’ life for a very distinct purpose.
It’s very clear that all along he wants his readers to know who Jesus is. And when they see him, when they read his teaching they will recognize that the call to follow him is the primary purpose of life.
It’s a theme that is weaved throughout the whole book of Mark.