It’s funny how people can respond so differently to the same thing. Right now some are raving over the change to autumn weather. To them, fall represents sweaters and s’mores and pumpkin spice lattes. To me, fall means an end to summer fun, a faster-paced schedule, and being cold for the next nine months! I congratulate all you happy fall lovers. There is no bitterness here, but I do not get the thrill!
Here comes the spiritual analogy… people also respond very differently to Jesus Christ. His hometown folks understood Him to be the son of a simple carpenter. Religious leaders thought Him a threat. Many today see Him as a good man, a teacher, or a prophet. But to those whom He has drawn to Himself and given a glorious unveiling, we know Him as Sovereign Lord.
If you’re reading this and you simply have opinions about Jesus, much as you do about sweater weather, the reality is your face is veiled.
…but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 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. (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
Christ’s value surpasses our personal likes and dislikes, our notions and ideas. He is who He is, whether we recognize Him or not. Our belief, or unbelief, doesn’t change His position of power and authority. And remarkably, though He is reigning supreme over all of His creation, He chooses to love us specifically and intimately and with a purposeful unveiling so that we can comprehend Him as our Savior and Lord.
We may love (or loathe) the change of seasons. Opinions about such things vary, and all are valid. But when it comes to Jesus, the One to whom all nature bows, there is no opinion; there is only truth. Let us acknowledge who He is and bend the knee in humble reverence. If we don’t bow now, we will later, for He is King.
…so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)
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