By Elaine Knudtson
“Some Children See Him” sung by James Taylor
The Fulfillment of the Law and Prophets
Peter, James and John witnessed Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration. The voice of God confirmed, “This is my Son. . . Listen to Him”. Jesus is linked to the root of the Jewish faith through his connection with the law (Moses) and prophets (Elijah). He does not stand alone, but is God’s fulfillment of the redemption story began at the time of the fall—“He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” Gen. 3:15
Dear Lord, help us to accept Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s promise of redemption. Give us a deeper appreciation of our connection to the law and prophets through Jesus. We do not stand apart from scripture, but are included in God’s plan from the beginning.
“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. . . 5 While he was still speaking His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light; a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matt. 17:1-3, 5
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse, from his roots a branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in the fear of the Lord” Isa. 11:1-3
“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert” Isa. 35:5-6.
I have fond memories of sitting with my mother in a rocking chair by a big open window, cuddling in the morning sun. We would often sing “Jesus Loves Me” and I would listen to her read Bible stories, complete with pictures. On one occasion she let me know that Israel was a country far from Canada, where Jesus grew up. “Maybe we will visit it sometime,” she said. I was shocked. “You mean to say this place is real?” She laughed and went on to inform me that not only did the place exist, but the stories we had been reading were also true.
In my pre-school mind, something exploded. Israel was real? Jesus was real? The stories from the Bible really happened? Was heaven real too? I loved the stories, but I placed them in the same category as the fairy tales that we had also been reading. To learn that there was a difference was astounding. I loved the Bible stories, but to know they were true changed everything.
“Not only that,” my Mother explained, “but Jesus is right here with us. You can’t see Him, but you can talk to Him and He will listen. Just talk to Him like a friend.”
The good news was simple enough for a child, and the depths of that truth has continued to bless me throughout my life. It is a deep well that never runs dry.
On the Mount of Transfiguration, God revealed truth to Peter, James and John that would sustain them through the death of Jesus and carry them through their own journey after the resurrection. God revealed the connection between the scriptures they were familiar with and Jesus, His Son. No longer a prophecy for the future, they were witnessing the confirmation of the Messiah as revealed in the Law (Moses) and Prophets (Elijah). It was all true! No more waiting.
Points to Ponder
- How does knowing that scripture is true change the way you approach the faith? What truths are opened up to you about life, death and the hope to come?
- How does the Old Testament strengthen the Christian faith? Why is it important to know that Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise of the Messiah?
O Lord we are amazed at your faithfulness in fulfilling the prophecies for redemption through Jesus. We rejoice to be included in the promises and the future hope. Help us to be patient in waiting for the final resurrection when all prophecies will be fulfilled.