Transfiguration of Jesus - February 14, 2021

Bible Study “Transfiguration of Jesus”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Opening Prayer:  Gracious and Loving God, thank you for being with us today. Help us to get to know you better as we explore how we can see you, hear you and experience you in our lives. Amen.

 

  • Do you see God in today’s world?
  • How do you see God?
  • Do we listen for God? 

 

Jesus' status as Messiah is confirmed by the divine testimony that he is God's beloved Son (9:7) and is anticipated by the shining white garments of Jesus. The three that see the transfiguration are also those who witnessed the healing of Jairus's daughter (5:37) and will witness his agony in Gathsemane (14:33). Although this group of disciples have seen the healing and the transfiguration, they do not seem to demonstrate exceptional insight or fidelity.

The transfiguration story is a form of an epiphany, a sudden manifestation of the divine and when humans see or witness an epiphany, they generally have an ah-ha moment, followed by confusion (now what) or fear (what does this mean?) Peter (once again) demonstrates that he doesn't "get it" and Jesus once again has to explain his death and resurrection.  

 

Please open your Bibles to Mark 9:2-9 and read or read the scriptures below. 

 

Mark 9:2-9  

2 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. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5 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.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

9 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.

Reflection Questions:

  • What did you like most about this story?
  • The story of the transfiguration begs the question, how do we see God?
  • Do we see God in other people like Jesus encountered God in Elijah and Moses?
  • Do we see God in the light like Jesus encountered as everything was transfigured around him?
  • Do we see God in what comes after the light like Jesus saw God in the life and community around him?
  • Do we see God in experiences we have like Jesus saw God in the transfiguration and in the cloud that descended upon them?
  • We then also have to look at the question: How do we respond to Jesus? God clearly tells the disciples to listen to Jesus, so how are we to do the same?

 

Click her for the young learner’s lesson

 

Videos (Click on the words or url)

Mark 9:2-10  The Transfiguration Sunday - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03-8a-Overo

Lumo- Gospel of Mark  9: 2-29 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPXvVfYORx4

 

Activities

Quiz:

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1982748/the-transfiguration-of-jesus/

 

How Do We See God?: After the disciples saw Jesus be transfigured, they respond in awe. God comes to them and tells them to listen to Jesus. How do we see to God? How do we listen to God? How do we listen to Jesus? How do we respond to the Holy in our lives?  Reflect on these questions one at a time, and then respond by creating “God collage” that displays the ways in which you can see, listen and experience God in your life.

Write the word “transfiguration” on the board or on a piece of paper.  Think of as many new words as possible using the letters from the word. See how many words you can get in 2 minutes.

Prayer:  Glorious God, we have seen your transfiguration and wondered how we are to see you in our lives today. Be with us as we go into the world, guiding us in your light and opening our eyes to your presence. (We especially pray for ____). Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace. Amen