February 12 Unveiled

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Exodus 34:1-35:9;  Matthew 27:15-31;  Psalm 33:12-22;  Proverbs 9:1-6

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets in his hand as he came down the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking to God.  Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses and behold, the skin of his face shone and they were afraid to come near him.

But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them.  Afterward, all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai.

And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.”

Exodus 34:29-33

* * * * *

“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.  Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is Spirit.”  2 Corinthians 3:16-18

* * * * *

A holy glow shone on Moses’ face

not because He was holy–

he was a sinner just like us–

but because he had been in

the presence of our Holy God.

It’s hard to look–impossible to look–

into the face of God

when we stand before him

covered in sin.

He can’t bear to look at us!

* * * * *

That’s why He sent His Son,

the glory of God

wrapped in human flesh

that we might look upon Him

and see the face of God–

Jesus.

* * * * *

In Him we see and hear

Almighty God.

And by Christ’s death on the Cross

he wins for us

righteousness

which now covers us

by faith.

* * ** *

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

The Father now turns

His face to us.

His love shines on us

and one day we will behold Him

face to face

and bask in His Glory.

Lord God, we thank and praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life and who willingly became the sacrifice for the sins of the world on the Cross.  By doing so, He removed the veil of sin and guilt from our lives.  Through faith in Jesus we have hope of seeing You face to face one day in Heaven.  And while we wait, we are able to come before you in prayer and you do not turn your face away.  You come to us in Word and Sacrament to give us forgiveness of sins and to let Your love shine upon us.  By the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, may our faces shine, remembering all that You have done for us.  In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.”

Psalm 33:18

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