Then Jesus said to the people, “I tell you the truth. Some of you standing here will see the kingdom of God come with power before you die.”
Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there. While these followers watched, Jesus was changed. His clothes became shining white, whiter than any person could make them. Then two men appeared, talking with Jesus. The men were Moses and Elijah.
Peter said to Jesus, “Teacher, it is good that we are here. We will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Peter did not know what to say, because he and the others were so frightened.
Then a cloud came and covered them. A voice came from the cloud. The voice said, “This is my Son, and I love him. Obey him!”
Then Peter, James, and John looked around, but they saw only Jesus there alone with them.
As Jesus and his followers were walking back down the mountain, he commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone about the things you saw on the mountain. Wait till the Son of Man rises from death. Then you may tell.”
So the followers obeyed Jesus and said nothing about what they had seen. But they discussed what Jesus meant about rising from death.
They asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
Jesus answered, “They are right to say that Elijah must come first. Elijah makes all things the way they should be. But why does the Scripture say that the Son of Man will suffer much and that people will treat him as if he were nothing? I tell you that Elijah has already come. And people did to him whatever they wanted to do. The Scriptures said this would happen to him.”