17:1 after six days. Such an exact time reference is rare in the Gospels; it must have been included to make clear the connection between the confession at Caesarea Philippi and the Transfiguration. Now that the disciples have begun to recognize who Jesus is, He is ready to move toward the climax in Jerusalem. The Transfiguration is part of Jesus’ preparation for that crisis. See “The Transfiguration of Jesus” at Mark 9:2.