Behold His Glory
God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
I remember clearly when God opened the eyes of my soul. It was the most beautiful and terrifying moment of my life. It was being awakened to see God for who he really is, and in that, see myself for who I really am. I was experiencing 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 in my life.
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
The heart of what Paul is saying here is that they did not try to win people over to Christ by some winsome talk or cunning manipulation, however, they simply shared the truth of God’s word with them. Then, even if the people were blinded to the truth by Satan himself, the god of this world, that the God who created this world was powerful enough to overcome that blindness and remove the veil that kept them from seeing the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It was a month or so after I was saved that I read that passage from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and was floored by it! Because it was my story. For twenty plus years I was blinded by a veil over my eyes. From sixth grade on I was in church. Sunday after Sunday, Wednesday after Wednesday, camp after camp, and I never saw the glory of God.
Till, one day, God said, “Let there be light!” and the darkness ran! The blindness ended! The veiled was removed! I was born again!
God began his creation by speaking into the empty void. There was simply nothing. Then God spoke and light emerged. That was the same thing God did in my soul! There was nothing in me but darkness, but God said let there be light and I saw God, holy and beautiful. My soul’s desire and delight! Yet, in his glory, there was also the fullness of righteousness and his wrath against my sin. I was separated from him and had no hope to be with the one my soul yearns for. Then I saw the glory of Jesus in the gospel! Fully realizing that he paid the penalty to my sin. He suffered my wrath even though he had never sinned. He rose from the grave and conquered sin and overcame the darkness. He made it possible for me to find both the life God provides and the redemption needed to be in his presence to enjoy that life both now and forever!
That is what this piece of art is about, being awakened to God’s glory. The dark edge around the iris representing the crown of thorns our King took upon his head. His act of bearing the curse of our sin. Then the highlight across the eyes to represent a gazing upon the cross to see both the justice and mercy of God come together in the sacrifice of Christ.
Have you seen him? Have you seen your need for him? Have you left everything to follow him? Have you given him all of your life because there is nothing this world can offer that is more desirable than him?