Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Mount of Transfiguration-a preparation for the atonement

The Mount of Transfiguration was a sacred event where the Savior gained instruction about the sacrifice he would soon make, and where he was transfigured in front of Peter James and John. More below: 

 "And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead." (Mark 9:2-9 )

In other accounts of this event, it is reported that Moses and Elias spoke to the Savior about the atonement that he would "accomplish" at Jerusalem at the end of his life.  He did just that and gained the victory over sin and death.  This atonement was planned before the creation of the world, and it was known he would be our Savior and redeemer.  

He is ever there for us.  

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Picture is Transfiguration of Jesus by Carl Heinrich Bloch

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