The Glory of the Transfiguration and the Agony at Gethsemane

Scholars have noted important connections between the episode of the transfiguration (in Matthew 17) and the episode at Gethsemane (in Matthew 26). There are at least seven points of contact.

  1. Both events are associated with a mountain. In Matthew 17 the mountain is unnamed (17:1), while in Matthew 26 the mountain is the Mount of Olives (26:30).
  2. Both events involve Jesus taking the same three disciples. In 17:1, he took Peter, James, and John. And in 26:37, he separated the same three from the other disciples.
  3. At the transfiguration we hear the words of the Father (17:5), while at Gethsemane we hear the words of the Son (26:39, 42).
  4. At the transfiguration, the disciples fell on their faces (17:6). At Gethsemane, Jesus fell on his face (26:39).
  5. At the transfiguration, the disciples were awake and alert to all that took place (17:4, 6, 8). At Gethsemane, Jesus repeatedly found them sleeping (26:40, 43, 45).
  6. The transfiguration displayed the divine glory of Jesus (17:2). The episode at Gethsemane displayed the overwhelming sorrow of Jesus (26:37-38).
  7. After the transfiguration, Jesus says the Son of Man would suffer at the hands of others (17:12). At Gethsemane, Jesus was delivered into the hands of others (26:45-46, 49-50).
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