God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
When I was younger, “face time” referred to the amount of time you would spend meeting with someone face-to-face or the amount of time someone would have when appearing on television. Today, however, “face time” is something my youngest son Tank encourages me to do with Brock, our oldest, who is away at Stetson University. Many of you know that FaceTime was introduced with the iPhone 4 in 2010 as an Internet video calling application that is used by millions the world over.
As cool as the iPhone FaceTime is in modern day communication, there is a “face-time” that is infinitely cooler . . . because it is rooted in Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament days, the presence of God dwelt among His people during the Exodus, beginning with the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13). This manifestation of God’s presence was followed by His filling the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle during the time of Moses and the temple in the time of Solomon. But the sins of the people caused the glory of God’s visible presence to depart from Israel.
But this all changed when Jesus showed up!
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
When John said, “We have seen his glory,” he was essentially speaking about the Father’s face time, which was displayed in the face of the living Word who became flesh and dwelt among men. Jesus Christ is the visible manifestation of the Father in heaven; when you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father. “No one has ever seen God,” John wrote, “but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John 1:18).
The Father’s face time is so much better than the face time we experience with modern technology! Eventually my FaceTime calls with Brock must end, but this is not so with Jesus. Once we have made the deep connection with our Lord Jesus Christ, by grace through faith, we have been promised continual access to God twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. God’s glory shines brightly in the face of Christ; it never fades and it never goes away.
The key to enjoying this glorious access to God is to keep the line open on our side of the communication. Through reading the Word, our prayer life, and active participation in the life of our local church, we keep that connection strong and find all the grace and strength we need to do everything God is calling us to do . . . through the Father’s face time that is found only in Jesus Christ.
So . . . how is your face time connection with Jesus? If you have been feeling a bit disconnected lately, remember that He has promised never to log off—not today, nor tomorrow, not for all eternity. Log back in! He is waiting to hear from you.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!