Friday, April 6, 2012

40 Days of Virtue: Love Unveiled!

"Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror,
but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.
All that I know now is partial and incomplete,
 but then I will know everything completely,
 just as God now knows me completely."
~1 Corinthians 13:12NLT

It makes me laugh to read the first line of this verse. I'm picturing that first-thing-in-the-morning glance in the mirror. More puzzling than pretty! That must be why I tend to avoid the mirror until I've had a cup of tea and time with Jesus. Then I'm up for the challenge of a new day in this not-so-new body. 
I love this photo of the bride's mirrored reflection through her veil. It vividly illustrates the veil imagery in scripture. Moses wore a veil after meeting with God on Mount Sinai, because the glory of God radiated from his face. He covered it so that the Israelites would remain faithful even though the radiance faded away.

In the temple, there was a veil, or curtain that set apart a section called, The Holy of Holies, where only the priests were allowed to enter. They were the only ones who could come before the Almighty God on behalf of the people.
And, on this memorable day in history which we call Good Friday, the veil is significant in the story of the crucifixion of Christ. In the last moments of Jesus' death,
"darkness came over the whole land...the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, 'Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.' When he had said this, he breathed his last breath (Luke 23:44-46)."
That torn curtain (veil) of the temple is a powerful symbol of the divine purpose of Christ: that we may become one with Him and with the Father, that we have direct access to the eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful God.

"whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away...
"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 (2Cor. 3:16,18NIV)."
The implications of the torn veil are beyond our human comprehension. Even though the veil has been torn, our vision and understanding remain impaired, imperfect, incomplete until the return of Christ. When we see Jesus face-to-face, all things will become clear.

When He arrives, He will gently and lovingly lift the bridal veil from our face and wipe away every last tear from our eyes.  Never again will we experience pain or disease or grief or suffering of any kind. He will make all things new! In the meantime, we are like a bride watching, waiting, preparing for her bridegroom. (Revelation)
"Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever (2Cor. 4:16-18NLT)."

 Don't let the mirror discourage you. Start your day with your favorite brew and bask in the glorious presence of the Lord. Everything else will grow dim in comparison to Him!

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