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Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Content |

The Submissive Face of Christ

He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." Matthew 26:39

He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus is presented as the King of kings. Would a king normally fall on his face to the ground? People generally think of kings as majestic and powerful, but here we see the King of kings with His face to the ground, and His soul “exceedingly sorrowful”. The Lord had prayed before, and yet His posture was different now than at other times, with His face to the ground. We see the King of kings humbly bowing His face down and submitting Himself before the Father.

While we see the face of the Lord reflecting His humble attitude, we see in His request a reverential heart. “Oh, my Father, if it be possible….” If a child asks, “Can I have this?” or “Can I have that?”, it certainly does not sound as humble as, “Father, if it’s possible, can I have that?”. Jesus was willing to humble Himself to the ultimate degree. He said, “whatever the Father’s will is… if there is some other way… make it known, but Your will… let it be done.”
This is who our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is. This is the kind of Savoir we have. Rejoice! We have great reason to rejoice. We should be in love with this fascinating, submissive Savior.

-Myles Tickle

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Posted on Aug 26, 2013 in Content |

The Glorified Face of Christ: As a Flame of Fire

Glorified Practical
The Glorified Son
I (John) was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day… Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw … One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.
Revelation 1:10, 12-18

John was a man that had spent three years with Jesus during His ministry, and was one of the few who had seen Him transfigured on the mountain. He was a man who had seen a familiar face walk across the stormy seas, the marred face on the cross, and the face of a risen Savior. This man was very familiar with looking into the face of Jesus Christ. Here we see John’s best attempt to describe the fully glorified Son of God.

Despite his familiarity with Jesus, we see John’s dramatic reaction. The man that had lain on Jesus’s chest was so terrified by the glorified Christ that he fell ‘as a dead man’. We can see by the description that our Lord was a truly magnificent and frightening sight. Looking into His face, it would be quite a site to see eyes that are likened to fire!

The Burning Eyes

Thinking on His face, we see the eyes of our Savior as flames of fire. Is this just how they looked, or is there something more here? Something we can learn from and apply into our own lives? Fire has two specific purposes. Sometimes it consumes, and other times it purifies. We see this at the Judgment Seat, when our lives as believers are spread before the Lord. If there is something we did selfishly, all He has to do is look at it and it will be consumed. Praise the Lord! All our worthless deeds will leave me that day, never to be seen again. If we did something for eternal profit, when the Lord looks on it, it will be purified. What a gracious God we serve!

The Beautified Perspective

But what does all that mean for me today? So often, when Christians are trying to decide what to do, we seem to leave the One with ultimate wisdom out of the decision. I fear it is because we often know what the answer would be, so we avoid asking. When we lift a choice or opportunity up before the Lord and ask, “What do you think about this?” all He has to do is look at it, and we know if it can stand the heat of the fiery eyes of our Lord. We need to challenge ourselves to bring all things before Him. “Should I see that movie?” “Should I take this job?” “Should I be spending my time like I am?” When we ask the Lord what He thinks of our lives, we can feel the burning away of that which is impure.

-David Nicholson

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Posted on Aug 20, 2013 in Content |

The Resolute Face of Christ

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him. Mark 10:32

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him.
Mark 10:32

We can picture the disciples dragging their feet, reluctant to reach Jerusalem because Jesus had told them about His coming death. But Christ did not act this way. Despite the disciples’ heavy feet and the approaching pain, Christ stepped vigorously. The disciples were in awe and could not understand this. At one time they thought they were quite confident in who Jesus was, but now His resolute face seemed unfamiliar to them.

We can see the resolution in the face of Christ both here and at the cross. Jesus was willing and determined to accomplish His work, even when the pain reached beyond the normal human ability to cope with. For thirty-three years prior, Jesus laid out His life to do the will of His Father. With all of the distractions in this world, Christ never looked away from the prize. He was resolute in His purpose.

How did Christ set His face to be so resolute? John says, “Jesus knew His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father”. Jesus was absolutely certain that what the Father’s plan was the best plan, and He was resolute in following it through. It is comforting to know that, just as the face of Christ is set to finish His work on earth, He is still resolute in finishing the work that He has begun in us.

-Chase Boone

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Posted on Aug 16, 2013 in Content |

The Judicial Face of Christ

"and said to the mountains and rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.'" Revelation 6:16

“and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.'”
Revelation 6:16

We see in Revelation a dark picture of what the world will be going through as the Lord pours out His wrath in the days of the tribulation. The world is coming to an end, and the day of great judgment is coming. Men will run in fear, hiding from the face of the One on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.

Through most of the New Testament we see the gentle Lamb of God, meek and lowly in His coming and humble and alone in His death. He is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. No one would have guessed that this same Lamb, the one who allowed His body to be handed over to bloodthirsty men, would be the one by Whose mighty hand wrath and judgment would fall. He is compassionate, full of mercy, extending His hand of grace to the world. Yet when His face turns on this world to judge, He will be filled with righteous wrath, the only Lamb who can execute perfect and eternal judgment.

Who is able to stand?

As the opening verse describes the scene of the sixth seal being opened, we read of the terrible collapse of the earth. The high and mighty men of the world are cowering and ducking in caves, seeking protection from the face of the one who sits on the throne. To those left on the earth, the face of the one who sits on the throne is a fearful and dreadful thing to behold. The wrath of the Lamb, which has delayed so long, is finally coming. No one can hide from the wrath and judgment of the Lamb of God. Every unbeliever must stand before the great white throne and peer into the face of the great Judge of whose face “heaven and earth fled away and there was no place for them”.

The perfect verdict

As we ponder the haunting and grim days the world will undergo during the tribulation, our hearts may become heavy with sorrow. Yet, in the day of judgment, His judgment will be perfect and right. Just as every part of the person of the Lord is good and perfect, so also is His judgment. Let us rejoice, as we know that when the day of judgment comes, truth will finally prevail and God’s perfect justice will be revealed! The Lamb of God is beautiful and perfect, worthy of our praise in both His great compassion and in His fierce and mighty power as the great Judge and Ruler of the earth.

-Bethany Shamaoun

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Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Content |

The Marred Face of Christ

Marred Face

Excruciate: to cause great agony, torment
Latin : ex : out of, from cruciate : cross
“from the cross”

Reading this definition made me realize how often we misuse this word, a word fashioned to describe the indescribable, an attempt to explain that which was hidden from man’s eyes during those three hours of darkness as Jesus hung on the cross.

When I used to reflected on the marred visage of Christ, I thought of the scourging, the plucking out of His beard, and the crown of thorns beaten down upon his brow. These were the physical ways sinful man tried to deface Jesus that morning. Did they not see the reflection of the Father there? How could they look into the eyes of their Creator as they spat on His cheek? However, this was only a prelude to the incredible torment that awaited our Lord in the darkness of midday.

A cosmic battle took place on that hill outside of Jerusalem. As darkness fell, Christ became the perfect sacrifice. That darkness hid from our eyes the fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 52. As the weight and punishment of every sin throughout time was poured on Christ, His face was marred more than any man. Imagine the contortion brought on by pure agony so terrible that God concealed it from those on the hill that day. Christ, in the darkness, alone for the first time in eternity, became sin for us.

Yet that was not the end. Suffering and death were overcome! Though His face is no longer marred, Christ still bore the scars of the cross when He rose from the tomb. They are a reminder of His willingness to bear the agony of the cross, to be marred for us. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:10)

-Sharon Sax

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