17 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.The Transfiguration (Matthew chapter 17)
Interdimensionality (as I understand it) is the idea that there are many – overlapping – dimensions to reality, similar perhaps to the multiverse theory, according to which our universe is not the only one, but one of many universes existing parallel to each other.
Such ideas were once considered very ‘fringe’, but have gained some traction in recent years due to advances in scientific thought, namely that of the ‘New Physics’.
I can’t pretend to understand this stuff (I have probably given that away already!), but that which I do understand makes sense to me. It also helps me to make sense of some of the Bible’s ‘stranger things’. Such as occasion of the Transfiguration.
The Transfiguration as an inter-dimensional event
Jesus takes three of his disciples up on to a mountain. A ‘holy mountain’.
‘We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.’ Peter (2 Peter 1: 18)
There has been much discussion among biblical scholars as to the location of The Transfiguration. Some say it was Mount Tabor, where the Church of the Transfiguration now stands. Others site The Transfiguration on Mount Hermon, the place where according to the extra-canonical Book of Enoch, a host of angelic beings ‘fell to earth’ and went on to mate with human women to produce a race of giants known as the Nephilim (Genesis 6: 4).
Either way the Mount of Transfiguration was some sort of gateway or portal. What our Celtic forebears called a ‘thin moment’ in a ‘thin place’, where the ‘veil’ separating the earthly realm (or dimension) from the heavenly realms is thinner than usual, enabling what are now termed inter-dimensional encounters to occur. Such as the dialogue with the ‘undead’ (Moses and Elijah) and the hearing of other-worldly or Heavenly voices.
And here is the earthly Yeshua, not merely transformed, but Transfigured. Appearing as One Divine, glowing and bathed in dazzling white light. Peter, James and John are subjected to this interdimensional encounter. The first of many such encounters, which would become for the first century Christian a normal aspect of the spiritual life, as Jesus, fully human and fully divine, of the earth and of the heavenlies, imparts to His followers the Presence of the Divine and the powers of Heaven, ‘…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.’ (Colossians 1: 27).
As hu-mans we are most certainly interdimensional beings, destined to live inter-dimensionally. And as Christians (those within whom Christ dwells) we are taught to recite the words, ‘Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in Heaven‘, and in doing so draw Heaven to earth, confident in the truth that this is already achieved.
Approaching this season of Lent we look back on and towards the ‘[thin] moment the curtain (veil) of the temple was torn in two’ (Matthew 27: 51), and ‘the new and living way that He (Christ) opened for us through the curtain.’ (Hebrews 10: 20).
His Eternal Present.