The Inner Circle

Monday, May 11

Peter, James, and John were chosen to witness the transfiguration—the same three chosen to be close to Jesus when he prayed and agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane before the crucifixion. It’s obvious that Jesus considered them special. There is no reason given as to why the other disciples were not included in either of these occasions. Neither Peter nor John focused on it in their writings. John alludes to it in John 1:14. Peter refers to it more specifically in 2 Pet. 1:16-19. Even though Jesus told these three not to tell anyone about what they saw, they no doubt shared it with the other disciples at a later date. Luke says that they “kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.” Mark and Luke obviously got information about the transfiguration from someone, most likely after the crucifixion. The restriction was temporary, probably in order to keep the populace from demanding that Jesus be crowned their king. The transfiguration was basically for the disciples—a graphic and important lesson for them. Further observations support this.

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