Christ intended to again educate His apostles about His betrayal, death and resurrection. But popular teachings about Messiah had drowned out Scripture’s facts about His suffering, leaving them closed minded.
Jesus and three of His disciples return from a glorious event on a mountain, to an awaiting problem in the valley. Need, opposition, failure, victory and education are all bundled into the apostles present experience.
This is the story of the majesty of Jesus Christ shining forth as no other had ever been glorified. It was in the presence of only three apostles. After this event the Lord set the rest of His ministry towards His Cross.
The Lord gives critical lessons about His identity, His mission and our relationship to these things. Satan tried to immediately corrupt these lessons but the Lord shut him down, leaving His disciples to consider it.
Religious teachers demanded a sign but Christ refused; using metaphor, He warned His disciples about them but they missed the point, which He did not ignore. Later, by unusual methods, He healed a blind man.