“The Lord God Jesus Christ reigns, whose kingdom shall be for ages of ages.” - True Christian Religion §791
Kempton New Church

December
22

Isaiah 60:19. “The sun shall not be for thee for a light by day any more, and for brightness the moon shall not give light for thee; but Jehovah shall be for thee an eternal light, and thy God shall be thy splendor.”

For the children from Matthew 17

1. And after six days Jesus takes Peter, and James, and John his brother, and brings them up into a high mountain apart,

2. and was transformed before them; and His face shone as the sun, and His garments became white as the light.

3. And, behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him.

5. [And] behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and, behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.

6. And the disciples hearing, fell on their face, and were very afraid.

7. And Jesus coming touched them, and said, Arise, and do not be afraid.

8. And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone.

Readings from the Heavenly Doctrine

AE 594:2. In this transformation the Lord represented Divine truth, which is the Word; for the Lord, when He was in the world, made His Human Divine truth, and when He went out of the world He made His Human Divine good by uniting it with the Divine Itself that was in Him from conception.… Consequently the particular things that were seen when He was transformed signify the proceeding of Divine truth from the Lord’s Divine good. The Divine good of Divine love which was in Him, and from which He had Divine truth in His Human, was represented by "His face shone as the sun;" for the "face" represents the interiors, since these shine forth through the face; and the "sun" signifies the Divine love….

The Divine truth was represented by the "garments" which became as the light. "Garments" in the Word signify truths, and "the Lord’s garments" Divine truth. This is why they appeared "as the light," for Divine truth makes the light in the angelic heaven, and is therefore signified by "light" in the Word.

Because it was the Word, which is Divine truth, that was represented, therefore "there appeared Moses and Elijah speaking with Him," "Moses and Elijah" signifying the Word, "Moses" the historical Word, and "Elijah" the prophetical Word.

The Word in the letter was represented by the "cloud that overshadowed the disciples, and into which they entered." For the "disciples" represented in the Word the church, which at that time and afterwards was only in truths from the sense of the letter; and because… revelations and responses are made by Divine truth in ultimates, and because this truth is such as is the truth of the sense of the letter of the Word, it came to pass that "a voice was heard out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son, hear ye Him," meaning that He is Divine truth, or the Word.

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