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“I WOULD REMEMBER THAT FACE”

How many did you see today?  Which ones did you recognize and which ones were unknown to you?  Which ones appeared to be bright with enthusiasm?  Did some appear to be fearful with anger?  Were some so appealing that you were instantly drawn to look a little longer at them?  Were some “invisible” because your mind was focused on something else entirely?

How many “faces” did you see today?  Each one different in size, shape, color, features, and expression.  All were in the same location on a body.  They all have eye sockets, eye brows, noses, lips, chins, and foreheads.  But the details are so different that they every face is truly unique.

One’s countenance displays so very much about the person.  Sometimes, their characteristics are borne out in the way that they appear to all to be well educated and cultured.  Others just seem like that could laugh at the slightest prompting and their face continually exudes joy.  Still others just look alive with light from their eyes, smile, and countenance.

Many artists have tried but I am sure none have been successful.  Many have attempted to paint the face of Jesus.  It is fascinating how we see Jesus with our cultural, racial, and social bias.   Whenever he appears in a painting, there are similarities along with many differences.  Fact is no one knows what Jesus face appeared to be.  We imagine many things, but are told nothing in the Gospels about his physical appearance.  One thing we know is that all who saw Him on earth saw “God veiled in flesh”.  One day, every eye will behold Him in all of His glory! What a moment that will be!

2 Corinthians 4:6 – “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.”

Ravi Zacharias said: “The pursuit of the Hebrews was idealized and symbolized by light. ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation.’ ‘The people that sat in darkness have seen a great light.’ ‘This is the light that lights every man that comes into the world.’”

“The pursuit of the Greeks was symbolized by knowledge. That’s why the Biblical writers say, ‘These things are written that you might know that you have eternal life.’ For the Hebrews, it was light. For the Greeks, it was knowledge.

“For the Romans, it was glory. The apostle Paul, a Hebrew by birth, a citizen of Rome, living in a Greek city, had to give to them the ideal of his ethic. And he says this: ‘God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness, has caused His light to shine in our hearts, to give to us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus our Lord.’

“For the apostle Paul, the ultimate ethic was not an abstraction, not symbolized merely by light, not merely by knowledge, not merely by glory, but in the very face of our Lord.  (Copied).