December 15, Tuesday

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (NRSV)

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 we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

I am a visual learner. I prefer instructions on how to assemble an item that include lots of pictures, ideally including an image for each and every step to take in the assembly process. I want to see the end result so that I know how a box full of pieces and parts will be transformed into a final product. Written instructions are helpful, sure, but the visual cues are what help me to interact with and understand the world.

This Advent we have an opportunity to lean forward into a story familiar to us. This passage in 2 Corinthians offers listeners and readers an incredible picture of the Christmas story. God “let light shine out of darkness.” Our Father moved beyond a written Law that was being strictly enforced to sending Jesus to earth to interact with humanity so that we might know God more fully. God sent Christ, as his image, to be born a human being, mature and grow, and walk this earth. Jesus, who is the image of God, is also the glory of God. Jesus walked with his followers, taught them his Good News, and showed them how to do the same with others.

Jesus was the incarnational image of God. For those who had trouble with the written instructions, Jesus brought to life the Law in new and challenging ways. As a visual learner, I am grateful that God would come to earth to live and walk among men, women, and children. It is because Christ came to earth that we are able to see more clearly the commands of God and how to live them out mercifully and justly. The presence of Christ transforms us into His image.

Reflection
In what way are you doing or being like Jesus when he walked this earth?
How are you being transformed into His image?

Prayer
Lord, “let light shine out of darkness” so that we may see you more clearly, see ourselves more clearly, and our neighbors more clearly. Help us to open our hearts to your light and knowledge of Christ, our King. Guide us as we celebrate this season the life born to this earth as the image of God. Amen.

By Megan Pike, CBFAR Assistant Coordinator
Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock

 

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