Jesus speaks to those who have ears to hear and childlike hearts that understand and believe. These ones allow His love to wash through. Some heroes and role models include Mary Magdalene, Zacchaeus, unnamed blind men and lepers, and Apostle Paul.
After Paul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, the schooled intellectual, Pharisee of Pharisees, left alone for a desert sabbatical. (Galatians 1) He returned to testify that the gospel he preached was received through the revelation of Jesus Christ. The scholar suddenly cared about the practical, the imaginative, the things which are understood in the heart and the will, not just the fleshly brain circuits. “The letter killeth,” he wrote, “but the Spirit giveth life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6.) Paul, first called Saul, the one time student of Rabbi Gamliel, sought not to teach a system but to preach the good news of the kingdom of God; …“we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness.” (1 Corinthians 1:23.) He would help listeners to see God, help hearers to seek His kingdom and His righteousness, and aid believers in turning from all God hates. Soon enough, in dark days yet to come, some would make out God to be the great Ego, the divine Caesar with thumb pointed up or down, eager to punish. His Glory would be likened unto Roman glory. But the apostle presented Him; Jesus the Son…“the brightness of His glory and the express image of [God’s] person.” (Hebrews 1:2.)
On the cross above the head of Jesus his crucifiers hung a sign, written in three languages. “This is Jesus the King of the Jews,” (Matthew 27:37.) And it was true though He was different from all other kings. He chose for His confidants, ignorant fishermen, a publican, a zealot, a dreamer, a doubter,…His betrayer. He ate meals with prostitutes and other public sinners and embraced the unclean, healing them. The King of Kings took time to interact with children and bless them. He washed the dirty feet of his companions, and sweat blood on their behalf (and yours and mine) in Gethsemane, thus declaring His glory and asserting His dignity. He inhaled the foul breath of Pilate, the Roman governor, bellowing into the face of Truth, “What is truth?” (John 18:38), raging pompously of the power to kill Him or set Him free. The King took the spittle of others which mingled with the blood of his own body and prayed, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34.) Thusly Jesus declared His glory and asserted His dignity.
Like the parables of our Lord which He used to stir and prick the soul of the sick and sinning, Paul’s use of a mirror likewise fills our imagination. (2 Corinthians 3:7-18.) He reminds us of the shining face of Moses after being presented a portion of God’s glory; the shining a fading reflection of the hindermost of God. Paul continues to write that looking into the face of Christ, we peer into a mirror of Glory. The ‘mirror’ receives the light of our face as we behold the light of His face, and behold, we are changed….changed into His likeness by the power of the Holy Spirit. His Spirit is not reflecting, nor radiating, but entering and feeding our souls, uniting our will with His. Welcome Him and He is there, not a theory, but He Himself washing our feet and giving us power to now think, now act, as true sons and daughters of the Father. To know Him and His Glory in the face of Jesus Christ - there is no other saving than this. Have you seen Him?