Then Jesus said, “Believe me when I say that some of you people standing here will see God’s kingdom 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 him, Jesus was changed. His clothes became shining white—whiter than anyone on earth could make them. Then two men were there talking with Jesus. They were Elijah and Moses.
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 other two followers were so afraid.
Then a cloud came and covered them. A voice came from the cloud and said, “This is my Son, the one I love. Obey him!”
The followers looked, but they saw only Jesus there alone with them.
As Jesus and the followers were walking back down the mountain, he gave them these instructions: “Don’t tell anyone about what you saw on the mountain. Wait until after the Son of Man rises from death. Then you can tell people what you saw.”
So the followers waited to say anything about what they saw. But they discussed among themselves what Jesus meant about rising from death. They asked him, “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 do the Scriptures say that the Son of Man will suffer much and that people will think he is worth nothing? I tell you that Elijah has already come. And people did to him all the bad things they wanted to do. The Scriptures said this would happen to him.”