The Mount of Transfiguration.
Our last stop with Khaled and Dan before leaving us in Tiberias was the top of Mount Tabor. It is claimed as the place of Jesus’ transfiguration. One of Dan’s favorite places it became one of mine. The last photo views the Mount from a distance. We were constantly impressed realizing the stamina that Jesus and the apostles needed to possess traveling the country-side on foot.
From one side of the Mount there is a panoramic view of the Valley of Jezreel where Gideon defeated “all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east.” (Judges 6:33) It is also the Valley in which Hosea prophesied that “the children of Judah and the children o Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezereel.” (Hosea 1:11) A joyous day for the family of Jacob remains in their future.
The Transfiguration of Jesus. Matthew 17; Mark 9 & Luke 9
A Jersalemite Eastern Orthodox monastery and a Roman Catholic church of the Franciscan order called “Church of the Transfiguration” have been built upon the ruins of ancient places of worship believed to be where Jesus’ transfiguration occured. We visited the church. “After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John, the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.”
Some would say that Mount Hermon at Caesarea Philippi was the place the Transfiguration of Jesus ocured. That is the common problem, created by the passing of time, with so many of the Holy Sites commemorating the life, death and resurection of Jesus. I offer these photos for you to imagine what it would be like being there.
“And His face did shine as the sun.”
Given the right to become children of God, we are being changed into His likeness from glory to glory. Through humble repentance we receive the grace of transformation.