The God Who Points to His Son

2012 The Gospel Coalition Women's Conference

What does the Transfiguration mean for our lives today? In this 67-minute session from the 2012 TGC Women's Conference, Nancy Leigh DeMoss describes how how the Transfiguration paints a picture of discipleship and hope in suffering. 

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the host and teacher of Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally syndicated radio programs. She is also the author of 18 books including Lies Women Believe, A Place of Quiet Rest, and Seeking Him.  

Describe a time when you saw or experienced God in a new way. What did you learn about Him, and how did it impact your faith?
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Matthew 16:21-27 (ESV)

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”23But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.25For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Before the Transfiguration, Jesus foretold his death and resurrection. Nancy said, “God’s kingdom not only advances in spite of suffering and humiliation, but actually…we realize that suffering and humiliation are a means by which His kingdom and glory are advanced. In the mystery of God, death brings life.” 

When have you witnessed suffering and humiliation advance the gospel message? In your own life, how has God used suffering to help you more clearly see the glory of Christ and His kingdom?
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When have you tried to avoid suffering, or stay in a place of comfort when you knew God was calling you to deny yourself and follow Him? What did you learn about the cost of discipleship in this teaching?
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Matthew 17:1-8 (ESV)

The Transfiguration

1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.3And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.4And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”5He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”6When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified.7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”8And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Nancy shared two ways that the Transfiguration relates to our lives today:

  1. His Transfiguration points to our transformation.
  2. His glory gives us perspective and hope for our lives as we live them not on the mountain, but in the valley below. 

How does your transformation into Christlikeness and the vision of future glory give you perspective and hope for your life in the valley today?
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Nancy said, “There will be throughout the Christian life seasons of glory and seasons of gore. But Jesus experienced both, and walks with us when we do." May we rest in this truth today. God is in the valley. 

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