Gazing on the Beauty of the Lord

God is a person of beauty who delights in beauty and desires to see it everywhere. And he puts the desire for beauty in us so that we may delight in it too. Some may be willing to pay much in time or money or energy to see a stunning scene that takes their breath away. Others may visit art galleries to gaze at great works of art that touch something deep inside. It seems we were made to gaze on beauty that takes us out of ourselves and into splendour beyond ourselves.
In the Jesus’ story, we see the mutual love of Father and Son in the Spirit. As we gaze on this love relationship, we are contemplating sheer beauty. Indeed, we might say there nothing more beautiful for us to gaze on than the love expressed between Father and Son in the Spirit? Let’s not rush from it to see what it means for us practically. Let’s rather stay with it and stare at it to behold the beauty of the Lord himself.
King David once said, “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27: 4). Now, in union with Jesus, we are God’s temple in the Spirit gazing on the beauty of Jesus. As we do so, we are transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory. All this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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