If you want to see the face of Jesus…

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Life, Me and God

(Based on Jon Courson’s devotional)

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Matthew 26:10-12 

In Jesus’ time, bodies were anointed after burial in order to reduce the stench of putrefaction. But Mary anointed His body before He died because, just as David prophesied, she knew He would not see corruption, or putrefaction (Psalm 49:9). She knew He would rise again.

How did Mary know this? Peter didn’t understand it. John didn’t get it. Thomas, Andrew, Nathanael – they all missed it. Why did Mary understand what Jesus was saying? She didn’t spend nearly as much time in His physical presence as the disciples. She didn’t hear all of His teaching as they had. She hadn’t climbed the Mount of Transfiguration with them. Yet she had an understanding of what was really going on.

How? Revelation and adoration are intricately linked together. When you’re at the feet of Jesus Christ in worship, you see things that others don’t. You understand things others miss.

The most beautiful statue I’ve ever seen is a life-size granite carving of Jesus by Danish sculptor Thors Walden. Walden sculpted the body of Christ in such a way that you can’t see His face from a standing position. A sign next to the statue reads:

If you want to see the face of Jesus, you must sit at His feet.

And sure enough, when you sit at the foot of the statue and look up, you can see His face perfectly.

To you who feel like you don’t see the Lord in your home, at your school, in your situation, my question is: How long has it been since you’ve sat at His feet?


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