A Framework for Faith/Spiritual Vision
The beauty of men shall vanish in old age. All former comeliness is wiped away with grief. The radiance of Christ's face, lovely before all things, is more to be desired that the frail flower of flesh.
- Columbanus, Poem on the World's Impermanence (Irish, 7th century)
You have said, "Seek my face." My heart says to you, "Your face, LORD, do I seek."
- Psalm 27.8
The Apostle Paul wrote that the glory of God can be seen in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4.6). Jesus, of course, has a face, and that face is firmly affixed to His glorified body. In the unseen realm He is seated in glory at the Father's right hand, upholding the vast cosmos, building His Church, and advancing His rule on earth as it is in heaven.
There is glory to behold in His face. The effect of that glory can be transforming. When we see the radiance of Jesus' face, His beauty penetrates to the depths of our souls and warms us with wonder and love. The longer we gaze into His glory-filled face, the more its radiance exerts transforming power upon us.
We are commanded to seek the Lord's face. We do this through meditating on Scripture, pondering the revelation of God in creation and culture, and, in our minds, running over the many passages of Scripture that give us a glimpse, be it ever so fleeting or small, of the glory that radiates from the face of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Is this your experience? Do you regularly seek and gaze upon the radiant face of our exalted Savior and King? You can, and, what's more, you should. God intends for you to be transformed into the very image of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that you also radiate glory, causing others to wonder about what makes you different.
But if you do not ponder the face of Jesus, how shall you ever become like Him?
Begin today to memorize passages of Scripture that describe the radiant face of our glorious Savior and King. Then gaze upon that face, mediated to you by God's Word, wondering at the beauty and loveliness that has displaced the scars and spittle through which He accomplished our redemption.
And praise Him.
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