By Edward Thal /
Moses asked to see the glory of God, and could not, “for there shall no man see me, and live.” (Exodus 33:18-23). Later, the Israelites saw the glory of God reflected in the face of Moses, and were afraid. (Ex. 34:29-35). Moses was as the moon reflecting the sun, but still the glory was too much for sinners to look upon.
Now Jesus Christ has come, revealing the fullness of the glory of God, and invites us to look upon Him. When we do, we are not blinded, but transformed. (2 Corinthians 4:3-6).
Jesus is the face of God unveiled, not merely reflecting God as Moses did, but encapsulating all of God, filtered through a human form.
Cicero, the great Roman orator, spoke of such a possibility: “If Virtue could assume such a shape as that we could behold her with our eyes, what wonderful love she would excite in us.”
About 100 years after Cicero’s death the Apostle John wrote these words:
The life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us. That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you.
Have you heard? Have you seen? Do you declare it?