Old Testament Deuteronomy 34:1–12
Epistle Hebrews 3:1–6
Gospel Luke 9:28–36
That day on the mountain with Jesus heaven and earth came together. But here’s the best part: every week in the Divine Service the same thing is happening. For whenever God’s people are gathered together to receive His very Body and Blood we are miraculously and mysteriously partakers of the same feast as those who even now are gathered around the throne in the never ending banquet feast of the Lamb. “Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify your glorious name.” We pray those words every time we prepare to receive the Eucharist, and in those very words we confess that our place at the communion rail is joined with the innumerable numbers of the company of heaven who rejoice in the presence of the Lamb.
So in this way the mysteries of the faith that are confirmed in the transfiguration are yours now in the Divine Service. The voice from the cloud that pronounces Jesus as the Chosen One points us to the “author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2 AV).
Transfiguration also marks a turning point in the church year as we head into the season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday this week. Pay attention to our closing hymn today, for the last stanza is the last time we will sing “alleluia” until we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord in April. So as we head from the alleluias of Epiphany to ashes of Lent, may the Holy Spirit who brings you to the Son keep you in the one true faith. May you listen only to Him, the One who in His glory reveals His kingdom unto our eternal salvation.