We see the instruction given to the three disciples who accompanied Jesus to the site of Transfiguration at Mtt 17:19 :

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.

But then, we also see at Mtt 26:63-64, Jesus publicly disclosing his divinity to the High Priest during his trial:

But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Now, it would have been really hard for the three disciples to keep to themselves the secret regarding Jesus' Transfiguration, between the period of his death and resurrection, knowing that such a disclosure would bring a ray of hope to the other disciples who had lost heart at the loss of their Master.

My question therefore, is: was there a special significance to the instruction of Jesus to the disciples who witnessed his transfiguration ? What do the teachings of Catholic Church say about it ?

  • Jesus' statement to the High Priest does not admit anything. Jesus' response is merely pointing out that, in asking the very question, the High Priest is admitting the possibility. And the statement about 'son of man' does not, actually, imply that 'son of man' refers to himself. – Nigel J Mar 9 '20 at 9:27
  • @NigelJ Even though Son of Man is Jesus' most common reference to himself? – Mike Borden Mar 9 '20 at 11:53
  • @MikeBorden The term also applies to Ezekiel and Daniel and is used, in a general way, in the Psalms. See an excellent summary at Faculty of Theology "Scielo" South Africa. Yes, it is used 80 times regarding Jesus. – Nigel J Mar 9 '20 at 13:17
  • @NigelJ Good paper! The conclusion seems to bear out that Jesus is referring to Himself, though. – Mike Borden Mar 10 '20 at 12:30

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