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Why Elijah?

Some have suggested that Moses and Elijah signify the Law and the Prophets, which in a way is right.  But if so, why Elijah?  Why not Isaiah or Jeremiah, who both wrote extensively in the Hebrew Scriptures?  Why not Samuel the "first" of the prophets? 

But both Moses and Elijah had "mountain top" experiences that were pivotal in the lives of God's people.  Moses at Sinai.  Elijah at Carmel.  Both of these experiences forced a decision on the people.  Who is your God?  Who will you serve?  And both of their "deaths" signified God was acting, and God's glory.

Jesus had a decision to make.  What kind of a Messiah would he be?  Would he agree to God's plan of action and glory, through the suffering of the cross?  Luke gives us the answer.  Following the Transfiguration it says Jesus "set his face" towards Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51).  From this point on, Jesus is headed to the cross.  That is one reason why the Transfiguration is the last Gospel reading before Lent.

- Howard Chapman, in a message posted on Ecunet, 1999