Most Christians are aware of the Epiphany, the encounter of the Magi with the infant Jesus. We know that the Epiphany signaled the revelation to the world of the birth of our Savior, who was to eventually lead us away from sin and toward the peace and joy of relationship with our Father in Heaven.
There were many revelations of the Word of God to follow. Teachings, healings, sharings. But there was a second Epiphany, where Jesus was confirmed the Savior of the world. This is the story of the Transfiguration. (Luke 9:28-36)
Peter, John and James, known to be the inner circle, accompanied Jesus up the mountain. (Three Magi? Three disciples?) Jesus went off to pray, and the three disciples grew tired and fell asleep.
When the three disciples woke up, much to their astonishment the face of Jesus had been transformed, and even His clothing became brilliant. Jesus was seen talking with Moses and the prophet Elijah. Peter, in his dumbstruck awe, offered to prepare three sacred tents for Jesus, Moses and Elijah.
Then, the magnificent presence of God was made apparent, in a cloudy mist. God revealed Jesus as His Beloved Son and the Chosen One. God instructed the disciples to listen to Jesus.
This was a watershed moment. In essence, God was apparently saying to the disciples, and through them to the world, that while the respect for Moses and the later arriving Elijah were to be remembered and revered, here comes Jesus. Jesus. The Messiah, the Chosen one, the Beloved Son of God—new wisdom for a weary world. New light on the scriptures, and a new avenue for salvation. (Actually, a superhighway to salvation.)
Peter and John and James were instructed not to tell anyone at that time. I can only understand that to mean not before the world would be ready to hear of this new Epiphany.
During this time of the year for graduations, I can only equate the Transfiguration story as Jesus’ graduation. I am sure he passed all His tests with flying colors. Have faith.