Posted by: Drew | October 29, 2007

The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration When he took the three disciples
to the mountainside to pray,
his countenance was modified, his clothing was aflame.
Two men appeared: Moses and Elijah came;
they were at his side.
The prophecy, the legislation spoke of whenever he would die.

Then there came a word
of what he should accomplish on the day.
Then Peter spoke, to make of them a tabernacle place.
A cloud appeared in glory as an accolade.
They fell on the ground.
A voice arrived, the voice of God,
the face of God, covered in a cloud.

What he said to them,
the voice of God: the most beloved son.
Consider what he says to you, consider what’s to come.
The prophecy was put to death,
was put to death, and so will the Son.
And keep your word, disguise the vision till the time has come.

Lost in the cloud, a voice: Have no fear! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Turn your ear!
Lost in the cloud, a voice: Lamb of God! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Son of God!

–The Transfiguration by Sufjan Stevens from his Album Seven Swanns.

There are few songs that move me to think on the glory of Jesus more than The Transfiguration by Sufjan Stevens. Sufjan tells the story of the Christ’s transfiguration with beautiful building accompaniment.

Seven Swanns is a Sufjan album that many people are relatively unfamiliar with, but it reflects his simplest and best song writing. When I listen to this album it makes me want to worship Jesus more. If you have the money the album is worth investing in.

If you can afford it, go buy this album, put it on, sit down, and spend sometime thinking about Jesus.



  1. Right on, Sufjan. I posted about a year ago on “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” He really seems to have a firm grasp on what sin is, and who Jesus is.

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