Day Two: Face of Christ

Exodus 33:19-20 (NIV)
And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

2Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

“Only the living God can shine the light of new creation; and when you look at Jesus, as Paul had, face to face, you realize that you are looking at God’s own glory. That gives you knowledge, knowledge of the innermost secrets of the universe, and God’s saving plan for it; and in that knowledge there is more than enough light to see the way through the dark world. All of that is contained in the remarkable statement in verse 6.” [N.T. Wright, Paul for Everyone: 2Corinthians]

Before Christ, not even Moses could face the holy God and live; yet, our Lord Jesus has made it possible for us to intimately know God and receive his heart (i.e., mercy and compassion) and ways (i.e., light and truth of the gospel) – both for our lives and for the lives of those around us.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the blessing/knowledge to live in this new light in Christ. May the moments we spend with you in prayer remake and shape our hearts and ways to glorify you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship with “God, You’re So Good” by Passion (click here).