2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of the darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
For those of us who are visual people, things are more easily understood or learned if we can see a picture or create a picture in our mind. When Scripture speaks of the face of Christ, I want to be able to see His face. But the Greek word for face does not just refer to the physical features. It includes the countenance which is defined as an indication of mood, emotion, or character. So Jesus’ face reveals who He is, that He loved us greatly, suffered for us intensely and rescued us for eternity. It’s the knowledge of Jesus through God’s Word that draws the picture of His face in our minds and hearts. Just as a composite sketch is drawn from witness descriptions, so is our picture of Jesus as we witness the power of His Word and see the evidence of Him working in our lives. Every time we learn something new about Him, His face becomes more clear. Would your composite sketch of Jesus’ give others a clear picture of who Jesus is?
Unfortunately, our memories are not very reliable witnesses. Often our memories dim, or disappear all together, and Christ’s features which we were once sure of become faded. We forget because when we learn something from God’s Word, we don’t put it into action. “Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like” (James 1:23-24). We forget because we don’t remember His faithfulness to answer our prayers, or we don’t even pray at all. We forget because we don’t memorize His promises. We forget because we don’t have our eyes fixed on Him by making time to study His Word. To keep the vision of Jesus sharp, we need to have His face in front of us always; to see daily who Jesus is and what He has done, for “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being…” (Hebrews 1:3). How reliable is your vision of Jesus?
Since man was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), we should also be able to see the face of Christ in ourselves and other believers, but sin has distorted that image. “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror…” (1 Corinthians 13:12). We will not look fully like Jesus until He returns, “…what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). We are like a precious work of art whose true beauty has been covered by centuries of dirt. The Holy Spirit is restoring us to our original beauty. As He cleans up the areas of sin and disobedience, we reveal more of Jesus. “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”(2 Corinthians 3:18). The more we are transformed by the Spirit and obey God’s Word, the more we will look like Jesus, and the more we will lead others to Him. How much of Jesus do others see in your life?
What must you do to be able to see Jesus more clearly?
What must you do for others to see more of Jesus in you?