The glory of Jesus was hidden from humanity. But John and the disciples saw it (1:14). And on one special occasion three of the disciples saw it plainly. In his transfiguration the face of Jesus changed and “shone like the sun.” His clothes became “as white as light,” or “dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them,” as Mark describes it. Enveloped in a cloud, reminiscent of Moses on Mt. Sinai, Moses and Elijah “appeared in glorious splendor” and conversed with their Lord. The voice of God the Father came from the cloud, “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him.” (Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36)
The apostles “were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” In 2 Peter it says, “He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.” (1:16-18)
2 Peter refers to “his majesty.” This King Jesus with all his glory was not an earthly king. He was King of all creation, a universe he himself created. The Creator King. So it shouldn’t surprise us if he sits upon a throne in the heavenly realm.
Remember the description of the Lord in Isaiah chapter 6? The prophet writes that in the year King Uzziah died, he saw “the Lord seated on a throne.” In his description of the setting seraphs are calling out to one another, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Seraphs or seraphim are fiery six-winged celestial beings considered to be of the highest rank in Christian angelic hierarchy. What you may not know is that “the Lord” seated upon a throne is the pre-incarnate Christ. This was Jesus before he became human. This is the glory he had in heaven. According to John chapter 12, verse 41 it was the glory of Jesus that Isaiah saw. John writes, “he (Isaiah) saw Jesus’ glory.”
This glorious Lord humbled himself and took on human flesh. When the world looked at him they saw a man. But he was more than a man. No one ordinary man could die for the sin of the world. But this man was not ordinary. He was the Lord of glory, worshiped by seraphs around the throne in heaven.