And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
- 2 Corinthians 3:18
“The purpose of worship is to change the face of the worshiper. That is exactly what happened to Christ on the mountain. Jesus’ appearance was changed: “His face became bright like the sun” (Matthew 17:2).
“The connection between the face and worship is more than coincidental. Our face is the most public part of our bodies, covered less than any other area. It is also the most recognizable part of our bodies. We don’t fill a school annual with photos of people’s feet but rather with photos of faces. God desires to take our faces, this exposed and memorable part of our bodies, and use them to reflect his goodness.”
- Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus
I hope none of you has ever looked directly into the sun. It can be damaging to the eye, permanently so. But Matthew describes Jesus’ face as being as bright as the sun. Of course, only Peter, James, and John went with Jesus onto the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew got his information second hand.
Yet, John tells us in Revelation 21:23 that we will not need lighting from the sun or moon in the New Jerusalem, because the presence of God will be with us. I am sure that we will by then be able to look upon our Lord without seeing spots in our eyes.
But what of our faces? When we look toward God in prayer, do we hide our faces? David Robertson talked of Cromwell telling his portrait painter to paint him warts and all. If you have a chance to see Jesus face-to-face, do you hide a pimple?
In confession, a necessary part of our prayers, we may have our head bowed in reverence and acknowledgment that we are indeed not perfect, but in adoration and praise, we should show God our faces to let Him see how much we love Him.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.