After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves to be alone. He was transformeda in front of them,
and His clothes became dazzling-extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them.
Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"-
because he did not know what he should say, since they were terrified.
A cloud appeared, overshadowing them, and a voice came from the cloud:b This is My beloved Son; listen to Him!
Then suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain, He ordered them to tell no one what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
They kept this word to themselves, discussing what "rising from the dead" meant.
Then they began to question Him, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"c12
"Elijah does come first and restores everything," He replied. "How then is it written about the Son of Man that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt?
But I tell you that Elijah really has come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him."