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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
47

After six days Jesus took along Peter and James and John,
and brought them up onto a high mountain privately to pray.
In his praying the appearance of his face became different,
and he was transformed before them;
his face shone like the sun,
and his clothes became as white as the light.

There appeared to them Moses and Elijah,
and they spoke with Jesus about his exodus,
which he was about to fulfill in Jerusalem.
Peter and the ones with him were heavy with sleep;
but awakening they saw his glory
and the two men standing with him.

As they were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus,
"Rabbi, it is good we are here; let us make three tents,
one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah."
But he did not know what he was saying,
for he was terrified.

While he was still speaking,
a bright cloud overshadowed them;
a voice came from the cloud saying, "This is my beloved son,
in whom I am well pleased; listen to him."
The disciples hearing fell on their faces
and were much afraid.

Jesus approached and touching them said,
"Rise and do not be afraid."
Lifting up their eyes
they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus commanded them, "Tell no one the vision
until the human son is raised from the dead."

They kept the word to themselves,
discussing what it is to be raised from the dead.

They questioned him,
"Why do the scholars say that Elijah must come first?"

He answered, "Elijah coming first
does restore all things;
and how has it been written that the human son
should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?
But I tell you that in fact Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him,
but did to him what they wished;
so too the human son is going to suffer by them."
Then the disciples understood
that he told them about John the Baptist.

As they were coming down
from the mountain to the disciples,
they saw a large crowd around them
and scholars debating with them.
All the people seeing him were amazed,
and running up to him they greeted him.

He questioned them, "What are you debating with them?"

One of the crowd answered him, "Teacher,
I brought my only son, because he is a lunatic and ill,
having a speechless spirit;
wherever it seizes him, it throws him down,
and he foams at the mouth
and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid;
I asked your disciples to expel it, and they could not."

Jesus answered, "O faithless and perverted generation,
how long shall I be with you?
How long shall I endure you?
Bring him to me here."

So they brought him to him.
Seeing him the spirit immediately
threw him down and convulsed,
and he rolled on the ground foaming at the mouth.

He questioned his father,
"How long has this been happening to him?"

He said, "From childhood;
and often it threw him both into fire and into water
so that it might destroy him;
but if you can do anything, help us;
have compassion on us."

Jesus said to him, "The 'If you can'!
All things are possible to the one believing."

Immediately crying out, the father of the child said,
"I believe; help my disbelief!"

Jesus seeing that a crowd was running together
reprimanded the unclean spirit
saying to it, "Speechless and deaf spirit, I command you,
come out of him, and you may no longer enter into him."

Having cried out and convulsed much it came out;
and he became as though dead,
so that many were saying that he died.

But Jesus taking his hand raised him, and he stood up.
He gave him back to his father,
and they were all amazed at the grandeur of God.

When he entered a house,
his disciples privately questioned him,
"Why were we not able to expel it?"

He said to them, "Because of your little faith;
for amen, I tell you, if you have faith like a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,'
and it will be moved;
and nothing will be impossible for you."

47. Jesus Transformed on the Mountain Harmony 47 * Interpretation 47
48. Jesus Predicts Death and Pays Tax Harmony 48 * Synthesis 48 * Interpretation 48

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