Father Michael reminded us, as did the prayer from the Book of Common Prayer that the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36) and the light that is in Jesus prepared the disciples, and prepares us for what follows: the way of the cross into death and resurrection, which of course is fulfilled in Jesus. In Jesus all of God’s promises are fulfilled, yes and amen in him to the glory of God (2 Corinthians).
Ironically the light on and in Jesus prepares us for what follows: his exodus he accomplishes for God’s people, for humankind, for the world, in his death and resurrection. So the light prepares us for the darkness that is to come. In Jesus we enter into death and resurrection beginning in this life, and in so doing, we not only come to know Christ and the power of his resurrection, but we also become like him in that very death, in his death (Philippians 3:10).
As Father Michael reminded us, a part of the narrative in Luke (chapter 5), the light that is in Jesus exposes our darkness. In Peter’s case, his reaction was one of not feeling worthy to be in Jesus’ presence, since he knew himself to be a sinner. But as we confess our sins we have God’s promise in Jesus of forgiveness so that we in and through Jesus become “light in the Lord” ourselves, only because something of that light is on us. Like Moses (Exodus 34), but fulfilled in the surpassing glory in Jesus, we with unveiled faces behold (or contemplate) the glory of the Lord, Jesus himself, and are transformed from glory to glory into his resemblance by the Spirit of God. The light shining on us as God’s people is the light of the Lord in the transformation of our lives into his image. We are becoming more and more like Jesus. Like Moses, we probably won’t be aware of that change, in his case an actual light of glory on his face that would gradually fade before he would once again be in the presence of God. But we should be able to look back to our younger days, or a few years and notice a change in us, in our character, which is more like Jesus.
Yes, the light that is in Jesus prepares us for the darkness which follows. We experience the gospel through faith and baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection, so that we might live out something of that gospel to the world. To know Christ is to begin to know and live in that. Something we especially remember and reflect on as we enter into the season of Lent. In and through Jesus.