As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Jesus used parables and miracles to teach his disciples. Each disciple had specific talents and it seems Peter, James and John were dependable observers and conveyors of the message. Jesus took these disciples with him to experience the transfiguration. We read that Jesus chose these disciples two other times: when he cured Jarius’ daughter and when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. People depended on the observations and understanding of Peter, James and John.
The miracle of seeing Moses (representing the law) and Elijah (representing the prophets) and the transfiguration must have been overwhelming. Then they, the conveyors of information, were tasked with keeping this miracle to themselves. Possibly this was a welcome directive. How could they, these three preachers, explain it?
The Jewish people were expecting Elijah to come before the messiah and Jesus made it clear to Peter, James and John that John the Baptist was the prophet, not Elijah, who was to come before him. Sharing the miracle would make sense after the resurrection.
We will celebrate Jesus’ birth soon and at the same time we will remember the resurrection. We gratefully acknowledge God’s message made clear by the life and teachings of Jesus. It’s up to us to be the conveyers of miracles.