And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
There were times while on my Egyptian Adventure I would have to pause and give myself a little pinch. Sometimes I was in disbelief that I was in Egypt and privileged to see some of the most amazing sites on earth and through history. One of those moments was when I was in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
I stood transfixed in front of the glass case that protected the golden death mask of King Tutankhamun. Slowly, I circled the case my eyes roving over every part of the mask exploring every precious stone inlaid in his head dress, his obsidian eyes, and the detail of his pierced ears. It all fascinated me. I circled his effigy several times before, I returned to stand before the mask. My mind raced and I was awed to think that I was staring at the face of a young man that lived 3350 years ago. Tutankhamun reigned from 1333BCE until his death in 1323 BCE at the age of 19 years old. His exact cause of death has been the subject of many documentaries and numerous scientific tests and study.
As I pondered these things something caught my attention and I realized that I was so close to the mask, that my refection was in the gold of his cheek. I stared at it for several seconds in awe. As I studied my reflection, I was reminded that I am to reflect my King, the true King of all time, past, present, future and forever. I should be reflecting him not me.
Before Jesus died on the cross, we were separated from God by our sin. God’s people lived a life of laws and rules that they could not uphold. Because they could not, animal sacrifices had to be made to atone for sin. When Jesus died on the cross, he became the final sacrifice, the chasm that separated man was span. The veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom and we were unveiled and therefore became like mirrors who reflect the glory of the Lord.
Life for all of us is uncertain across the globe and I admit there are times I find myself dealing with fear and anxiety. And when I do, I remind myself that I must renew my thoughts (Romans 12:2) and focus my eyes on him. Especially now, with so many people living in despair and fear, we need to be the reflection of a loving Jesus. We cannot allow ourselves to get caught up in the fear and worry but be a beacon reflecting the hope of Christ.
What do you reflect?
Typist for Jesus