At Home Review: The Transfiguration

Mondays on the Apex Parents Blog we recap the previous weekend’s lesson taught in the 45K hall and KidLife. This is a way for parents to reinforce the lesson and keep the conversation going during the week. This is one way we seek to connect the church and the home.

For more in depth discussion: The book we use is The Gospel Story Bible. The devotional book for the New Testament section of the GSB is Old Story New.

Summary:  The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:1-13, Luke 9:28-36)

Jesus told his disciples that he would die and rise again on the third day. They didn’t understand what this meant. He also told them, “Some of you will not die before you see the kingdom of God as it comes in power.”

Not long after, Jesus took Peter, James and John up a mountain. Suddenly, Jesus became bright. His clothes and face were shining a way that the disciples never saw before. Then Moses and Elijah appeared and they began to speak with Jesus about his departure. They heard a voice from a cloud saying, “This is my son. My chosen one. Listen to him.” After the voice had spoken they found Jesus alone, looking as he normally did.

One the way down the mountain, they asked, “Why do the scribes say Elijah will come before the Messiah?”Jesus explained to them that John the Baptist was the “Elijah” the Old Testament was talking about.


Ask Your Kids: 

1. What did the disciples see on the mountain?

2. What did they hear?

3. What are some things they didn’t understand?


The Gospel:

At the Transfiguration, the disciples got a glimpse of Jesus’ glory. They also heard the voice of God. There could be no doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, the king to restore Israel. But they didn’t know how he would do it. Jesus spoke with Moses and Elijah about his departure, how he would leave the earth. The word Luke used to describe this is the word “exodus’. Just as Moses did, Jesus would lead another exodus of former slaves to a land of promise, but in order to free the slaves to sin, Jesus would have to die and rise again.