When Jesus appeared in the transfiguration with Moses and Elijah, then Peter wanted to give equal importance to all 3 of them. But God our Father had to correct him pretty quickly 🙂
Matthew 17 “4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Moses represented the law, and Elijah represented the prophets.
In Luke 9, it tells us that Moses and Elijah spoke to Jesus about His departure (death) in Jerusalem. The reason they appeared was a sign to the Jews, telling them that the death of Jesus was the fulfillment of the law and prophets, and that Christ’s new covenant was superior to the old covenant.
The Law demanded righteousness in man, exposing sins – but Jesus was the only one who is righteous without sinning.
The prophets prophesied a New Covenant when God would forgive the sins exposed by the old covenant law. Jesus was the only one who died for our sins to bring the new covenant.
After the transfiguration, Moses and Elijah disappeared because their ministry was completed and Jesus stood alone in front of the Apostles, having the Father’s approval.
The purpose of the law and prophets was to reveal Jesus Christ. This is why Moses and Elijah appeared to show the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah. The Jews found it very hard to believe in Jesus because they were trusting in the Law of Moses. They were also waiting for Elijah to return before Jesus came. Therefore the sign of Moses and Elijah appearing to give glory to Jesus was the sign that Christ is the fulfillment of the law and prophets.
Jesus tells the believer that we are forgiven, righteous, perfect and free from the law’s condemnation.
This is why Paul said this:
Romans 3 “21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”
Jesus fulfilled the Law and replaced with the new way of GRACE so that we are righteous by faith.
Romans 10 “4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”
Let us listen to Jesus who tells us who we are as believers !!Righteous, forgiven, saints, holy, blameless, sanctified, perfect !