17th October 2017

Eclipsing the Glory!

“You are the light of the world.”
Matthew 5:14 (NKJV)
 

The media is calling it “The most watched eclipse in modern history.” I guess we’ve all seen the spectacular photos of this summer’s full solar eclipse as it tracked across the North American continent, totally blotting out the sun’s light.

As I thought about this, the weird thing for me was the fact that the moon is a dead planet with no light of its own. The golden yellow glow that we see on the face of a full moon is actually reflected light from the sun; but during the eclipse the moon is not reflecting that light but veiling it, covering it up, making it unavailable and bringing darkness.

Moses did something similar in the aftermath of his 40 days and 40 nights with God on Mount Sinai while receiving the 10 Commandments. When he came down from the mountain, his face shone with the glory of God and the people were afraid to go near him. So he put a veil over his face and only took it off again when going to speak to God (Exodus 34:29-35).

The Apostle Paul draws a lesson from this in 2 Corinthians 3:12-17. Here he is comparing the two covenants and the glory of the face of Moses, but that glory was passing away because it was never meant to last. In verse 18 he then refers to we Christians and just notice what he writes: “But we all (Christians), 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 by the Spirit of the Lord” (Italics mine). So, this new relationship with God is not diminishing, as the old one was, but is growing from glory to glory! By wearing a veil on his face Moses was eclipsing the glory of God; we on the other hand we are free to go about with unveiled face declaring that glory. If we just take a quick peek at a verse in chapter 4:6, here Paul says, “For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Moses only got a glimpse of God’s back (Exodus 33:23), but we know the glory of God in the face of Christ!

But you know we, too, can display God’s glory or eclipse it—cover and veil it as Moses did! That’s why Jesus told his disciples to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). They see it in us or not at all! So, let’s all shine to the praise and glory of our Father. Let’s be bright beacons without veils, reflecting all the glory of our amazing Saviour and High Priest, Jesus, who abides in us!

Prayer
Our amazing Father, thank you for allowing us to be your lights here and now, revealing each day your brightness in the face of Christ.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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