September 10th 2010

We Have A Redeemer!

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!”
Job 19:25-27 (NIV)

My sister found a profound quote in a novel, that she shared with me recently, and I would like to share it with you.  It is a quote about true and deep love.

“When you start to really know someone, all their physical characteristics start to disappear. You begin to dwell on their energy, recognize the scent of their skin. You see only the essence of the person, not the shell. That’s why you can’t fall in love with beauty. You can lust after it, be infatuated by it and want to own it. You can love it with your eyes and your body, but not your heart. And that’s why; when you really connect with a person’s inner self, any physical imperfections disappear, become irrelevant. Maybe that’s all love really is, just seeing each otherseeing beyond all the external things we use to define and label ourselves.” *
 
I think my Mom’s weight problem brought this home to me at quite an early age—that you have to look beneath the external physical shell that holds the spirit, which is their true self.  It is kind of like a cassette tape recorder—we are the tape and the physical body is the recorder which records upon the tape all our thoughts, experiences, and inner being.  My analogy continues that when we die, this tape is stored with God until the resurrection when it is put into a ‘new body’—a spiritual body that does not decay but has eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:44).  There is a scripture in Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 that says:
“Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, 
       or the golden bowl is broken;
       before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
       or the wheel broken at the well,
      and the dust returns to the ground it came from,

       and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”
 
Sadly, the incorrigibly wicked are like a tangled and broken cassette tape that will be wiped clean so it cannot cause further harm to itself or others.  But gladly, the Bible indicates there will be very few of these because we have a Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Prayer
Father in Heaven, thank you for Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who loves us deeply.  Help us to see others as he sees them, and to look beneath the outer shell of their physical bodies to see a person of true beauty and value.
Amen
 
Study by Nancy Silcox
Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger, a Shaye Areheart book, imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. 
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