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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman

DAILY DEVOTION


2019-01-22

The Father’s Face

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
It is sometimes said that through nature we are able to see the back of God. There is something to that. However, you can never have fellowship with someone if you only see his back. To have fellowship you must see the face.

The incessant complaining of the children of Israel led to Moses’ exhaustion. He came to the end of himself and told God he would not go any further with Him could he not see His face. The Lord agreed to pass by Moses; however, Moses was not to look at His face. Moses saw God’s glory but not His face. Why? “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:17-18).

God reserved the revelation of who He really is until Jesus came. When you meet a person, 90 percent of your attention is focused on that person’s face. Without a face a person remains anonymous, regardless of how beautifully or spectacularly he or she is dressed. The face is most important. Communication comes from the face. Facial expressions, moods and nuances reveal a great deal. God has shown His face through Jesus Christ. Through Jesus God’s glory shines forth. Through Jesus we see how God is, how He thinks, what He desires and what is important to Him. Through Jesus we see God’s will, God’s plans, God’s care, God’s love and God’s priorities. Jesus is the face of God. He knows the Father and communicates only what comes from the Father. Because of Jesus, God is not unknown or hidden. On the contrary, God is revealed and present.

Prayer

Thank You, God, for showing me through Jesus who You are. Thank You for Your goodness, Your power, Your wisdom and Your great love for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.