A Glimpse of Glory

Sermon from CCM:Kingsway


This sermon was preached by Rich Balmforth at the CCM Kingsway site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 8th September 2019.



This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Burnage in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Mark 9:2-13.

The Transfiguration

2And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” 8And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
9And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. 11And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” 12And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”


The Transfiguration

  • Jesus is changed – transformed, bright and shining – the change represents who Jesus really is.
  • Moses – represents the law. Jesus was not only the one who fulfilled the law but was also the sacrifice which removed the curse of the law. 
  • Elijah – represents the prophets. The prophets spoke of the coming Messiah and Jesus was the fulfilment of these prophecies.
  • The Cloud – represents the presence of God in the midst of his people. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us.

The Transfiguration Helps us see Who Jesus is.

  • This is my beloved Son, listen to him.
  • Jesus is the Messiah that the world was waiting for and will one day be fully glorified as the anointed one of God.
  • The transfiguration shows Jesus as he truly is. He is not becoming something he previously was not. He is taking on his natural glorious state.
  • What we see here is just a little glimpse, a foretaste of the glory that is to come.

Our Response

  • Seek Holiness – be Holy because he is Holy.
  • Endure Hardship – our suffering will be turned into glory just as Jesus’ was.
  • Expect Transformation – Jesus’ glory transforms us.
  • Pursue Worship – Jesus is the Son of God and is worthy of our worship,



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