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Sunday, August 10, 2014

I Come Unveiled


For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).


Do I really feel that there is no separation from the love of God? The veil which once kept me from His presence is gone. Christ's sacrifice on Calvary ripped it open, and made a way for me to experience the saving grace of God. If I have accepted Christ as my Savior, nothing separates me from the love of God. But sometimes I don't feel the closeness of His presence and His peace. When I lose that peace, I feel separated. Perhaps I am the one who has separated myself from Him. Perhaps I have been as Moses and tried to hide what is fading–my heart connection with Him (2 Corinthians 3:13). He never moves. If I feel separated, I have hidden myself from Him, and veiled His presence in my life.

Jesus Christ has made God totally accessible. Moses experienced the actual terrifying presence of God on Mount Sinai. Thankfully, I “have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded” (Hebrews 12:18-20, NIV). No! I need no longer come as Moses into God's presence in fear. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, “I have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. I have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. I have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant” (Hebrews 12:22-24, NIV). Why would I veil or hide myself from a loving God who gave His son for me so I might come into His all-powerful yet sacrificing presence? Jesus made a way for me to enter the holy presence of God. I need not fear Him, but find joy in His loving embrace.

If I seek Him I shall enter His presence. He will keep me in perfect peace when I dwell on Him, and place my trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3). I don't need to stand in fear and hide because of a just God who demands righteousness. With joy I come into His presence because I have been made righteous by His son, Jesus, who gave His life for me. Now that I am no longer veiled from Him, I can be changed by His grace. Then I “who with an unveiled face contemplate the Lord’s glory am transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV).

I come to Mount Zion, unveiled and at peace.
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