Show His Face

Yesterday I mentioned in a brief testimony that I “see the Face of God” when reaching out to hurting people. With regard to this, a sister wrote in and asked if I see a “literal face,” or if I was using figurative language. She said that she wonders what He looks like. I wrote back to this sister and said that He looks like HER, and He looks like ME, this, when we lay our lives down in a way (to the extent) that we become conduits for the Father’s love and grace and mercy to touch others. Shortly after responding to this sister, the following verse was brought to my attention by the Spirit…

“Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

Now, the setting of this beautiful statement made by Jesus is that Andrew and Philip had just come and told the Lord that “certain Greeks” had requested to SEE HIM. This statement was Jesus’ reply to them. That is a pretty strange reply, don’t you think? Just what do you think He was attempting to convey to those disciples (and to us by extension)? I’ll tell you what I think…

Beloved, I think that it’s quite plain that the Lord was expressing His desire TO BE SEEN in and through a people THROUGH HIS CROSS AND RESURRECTION. For us, I think this means that the world shall SEE HIM in the harvest which His death is bringing into being, that the world shall SEE HIM IN THE GRAIN OF WHEAT that is reproduced after His very likeness and image.

Beloved, the Lord’s intention for the end of this age is for the people of this world TO SEE GOD IN HIS PEOPLE, and the only way that we, as the people of God, are going to MANIFEST the life and resurrection power of Christ is by becoming FULLY IDENTIFIED WITH CHRIST IN HIS CROSS! I’m saying here that IT IS NOT sufficient that we merely “accept Christ” and His finished work if we are to be about our Father’s business in the end of this age, for by doing that we are “saved” (in a sense) but we still “abide alone.” I’m saying here that we must share in Christ’s sufferings and identify ourselves with HIS CROSS to the extent that it becomes our very own, beloved, AND THEN WE SHALL RISE in resurrection life to bring forth much fruit unto the Kingdom. Another verse is coming to mind…

“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”

It is no wonder to me, beloved, why the apostle Paul who knew Christ, had personally seen Him on the Damascus road, had talked with Him and heard Him reply in an audible voice, yearned in the travail of his spirit for this great manifestation – “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection out from the dead (or, more accurately; “the out-resurrection from among the dead”). I think that this tremendous yearning of his was because of a personal revelation that Paul had of Lord’s deep desire to SHOW HIS FACE to the world through Paul, and through YOU, and through me.

D