‘The great glimpse into glory came for a select group of disciples—Peter, James, and John.
The locale of the event is uncertain. Mt. Hermon (9,200 ft.) and Mt. Meron (about 4,000 ft.) are the most likely candidates because the traditional site of Mt. Tabor (1,900 ft.) is not all that high and was inhabited by a fortress at this time, making it an unlikely spot for such a private experience.
As is common in Luke, the scene takes place in the context of prayer. Jesus is transformed before them into a dazzling, bright form wearing glistening white garments, a description indicative of glory (see Dan. 7:9; 12:3; 2 Baruch 51.3,5, 10,12; Enoch 38.4; 62:15-16; 104.2; Rev. 3:5; 4:4; 7:9).
With him were Moses and Elijah (Mark has them in the reverse order), who probably represent the law and the eschaton, because Elijah was anticipated as the prophet of the end (Mal. 4:5; Sir. 48:10).
The three are engaged in discussion. Only Luke indicates the topic: Jesus’ “exodus,” which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Glory and suffering both are central to who Jesus is.’
‘According to Matthew, the voice causes the disciples to fall down in fear, but Jesus tells them to rise and not to fear. As his disciples, they have access to God’s presence. Then they were alone with Jesus.
The glimpse of glory was over.
- Matthew and Mark note how Jesus instructed them to say nothing about this event until the Son of Man is raised.
- Mark notes that they kept the matter to themselves.
- Luke does not discuss the command but mentions that they were silent in those days about what they had seen.
Again the silence is requested because they still have much to learn before they can appreciate what it is that they have seen.’
Jesus According to Scripture, Darrell Bock, Baker Academic, p.234