Matthew 17:1-13, July 05, 2020
Discipleship Review 16:24-28
After predicting His death and resurrection He begins to tell His disciples what it means to be one of His disciples.
Ask yourself what is a disciple? Jesus names three conditions for anyone who wants to be His disciple
1 – the person must deny them self
2 – the person must take up their cross
3 – the person must follow Him
Vine’s Dictionary: A “disciple” was not only a pupil, but an adherent; hence they are spoken of as imitators of their teacher.
In John 8:31-32 Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly My disciples.”
4 – the person must abide/continue/remain in His word or hold to His teaching
Later in John 15:8 Jesus This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
5 – the person must bear much fruit
No man does greater harm to himself than the man that loves himself more than he loves God. Note from 1599 GNV
Jesus knew His disciples had the idea of a kingdom where there would be worldly riches, honor, pleasure of all kinds, and He used this verse to disabuse them of any such notion or thought.
16:25-26 Saving your life. The whole point here is that through discipleship you really truly save your life. Deny one’s self simply means denying your sinful self, chasing after ungodly desires and worldly rewards and pleasure.
By giving your life to Jesus you save your eternal soul. That is why, as Christians, we are focused on resurrection life, life in Heaven with Jesus, with His Father, with the Holy Spirit and the millions of others who have chosen the life Jesus wants us to live. Then the incredible news, Jesus is going to reward us for all the good works we have done.
16:27-28 Jesus in His Glory. Jesus transfiguration, resurrection, but also John 1:14 and John 18:6.
17:1 After six days (Luke 9:28, about 8 days).
During those six days Matthew records nothing Jesus might have said. Matthew wants us to connect Discipleship and Jesus’ Transfiguration with no distractions.
17:2 Jesus transfiguration. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. Our word metamorphose comes from the Greek for transfigure. In our world though if something goes through a metamorphosis it is a one way street. Most common example is a butterfly, but a butterfly will never return to its caterpillar state. Superman or Spiderman …
17:3 Moses and Elijah. Moses had died 1400 years earlier, Elijah died 900 years earlier. Yet here they were talking with Jesus. What did they talk about? Matthew does not tell us, but Luke 9:31 does. There we find they spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem (ESV). Guzik tells us, many think these two individuals from the Old Testament appeared because they would represent the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah). The sum of Old Testament revelation came to meet with Jesus at the Mount of Transfiguration.
17:4 Peter speaks to Jesus. I can only imagine Peter cannot contain himself and just blurts out, not we, but I will put up three tents or shelters before he is interrupted.
17:5 God the Father speaks. Hear Him! A loud echo from Deuteronomy 18:15 where Moses said The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.
17:6-8 Jesus in the flesh. It was over and Jesus now looked ‘normal’ but they would still know clearly who and what He is for they had seen Him transfigured and heard Almighty God say “Listen to Him!” Now, no matter what happened they knew and would not forget.
17:9-13 Raised from the dead and Elijah. Jesus matter of factually discusses that He will be raised from the dead.
Odd question about Elijah, not so odd Malachi 4:5 See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He had come in spirit in the form of John the Baptist.