Avoiding Sonblock

 

While vacationing at the beach the other day, I noticed how differently people position themselves in relation to the sun. Many hide from the sun, scrambling to get under umbrellas and  to relax in chairs, others stretch out on towels welcoming the full force of the sun’s rays on their bodies, and others enjoy swimming to escape the sun’s heat. Most, if not all, have made use of some manner of sunblock or sunscreen to protect them from destructive UV rays.

The sun will change your skin – so caution is required.

The Son will change your life – please, take no caution with Him. 

Paul wrote, in 1 Corinthians 3.18, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”  

The veil he refers to is found in Exodus 34.29-35. In the passage, Moses, after meeting with God, descended Mt. Sinai carrying the two tablets in his hand. Moses’ brother, Aaron, and the other sons of Israel were frightened because the face of Moses shone with the glory of God. But Moses called them closer and he spoke with them about the commandments of God. When he had finished speaking, Moses put a veil over his face so the people could not see the glory diminishing. When Moses spoke with God, he would remove the veil and the glory of the Lord would cause Moses’ skin to shine again. 

The veil Moses used to keep the hearts of the people encouraged is the very same device, spiritually speaking, we use to keep our distance from God and others. For us, the veil is usually spiritual pride: an attitude which tries to keep God at a “safe” distance. Such a veil is a block, an obstacle, a hindrance to spiritual maturity in Jesus Christ.   

– You attend church, but is there no genuine seeking after God. The veil is up.

– You own Bibles, but open them only in emergencies. The veil is up.

– You call yourself “Christian,” but spend little time with the One who gave His life for you. Again, it’s the veil. 

Sunblock is helpful. Sonblock is tragic. 

The Lord Jesus pardons, heals, redeems, crowns and satisfies (Psalm 103) why would we want to shut Him out of our lives? 

He was despised, forsaken of men, struck and afflicted of God while carrying our sorrows: diseases, weaknesses and distresses. He was pierced, crushed, chastened and scourged…for us (Isaiah 53). Why do we keep Him at arms length? 

In Jesus is found all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, the fullness of Deity in human form. In Jesus we have been made complete and are delivered from the spiritual effects of the flesh. He has raised us up with Himself through death and resurrection, granting us total forgiveness and total victory over our enemies (Colossians 2). Why do we ignore Him in our daily living?

And that love! What about the love of Jesus Christ? The love that neither suffering, distress, persecution, hunger, destitution, peril nor sword cannot separate us from? The love that neither death, life, angels, principalities, present things nor future things nor powers nor height, depth, nor any created thing can separate us from? ( Romans 8 )

Paul writes (God’s Word Translation), “but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. The Lord is the Spirit. Wherever the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom. As all of us reflect the Lord’s glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3.16-18 GWT)

As we reflect the Lord’s glory, we are transformed from one level of His glory to the next, to the next  – simply by reflecting more and more of His Presence in our lives.

The Lord has a plan for you. Throw caution to the wind where Jesus is concerned. Remove all hindrances in your life which keep you from knowing Him more. Then, give yourself, with total abandonment, to Him. 

The Son will change your life.

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  1. It’s no wonder the Jews who didn’t aepcct the testimony of His miracles tried to stone Him to death for saying what you quote above. That was the penalty for blasphemy under the Jewish legal system. It was pretty clear to everyone there He was saying, “I am the God of Israel.”Another passage:Mark 14: 60-64 (ESV)60 The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” 61 But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 Tearing his clothes, the high priest *said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? 64 You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.The Jewish leaders at Jesus’ trial were doubly offended by the above, because not only was He claiming to be God, but He was quoting an obvious reference to the Messiah from Daniel 7 (ESV):The Son of Man Is Given Dominion13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.C S Lewis’ statement in “Mere Christianity” concerning those who say Jesus is just a good moral teacher, but not the Son of God, is worth noting:“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to aepcct Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t aepcct His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

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