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Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, February 7:

Monday: Acts 10:30-42

Tuesday: Luke 9:18-27 & 9:37-45

Wednesday: Luke 18:31-34

Thursday: Acts 2:29-39

Friday: I Corinthians 1:18-25

Saturday: I Corinthians 15:1-5

EDITORIAL: "Seeing Face-To-Face"

I remember reading about a father’s first year of life with his infant daughter. When she began crawling, the father admitted that it was something that he had trouble getting used to.

He would be sitting in his chair reading or watching television when suddenly she would be there looking up at him. And, if he were lying in bed resting, he would look down and there would be her head. She would be staring back at him.

Apparently, he had become one of the objects that fascinated her. It was very strange to him because after months of having to go to her, she was now choosing to come to him. He didn’t know quite how to react at first.

He finally concluded that she simply liked the idea of coming to look at him. She didn’t expect anything in return or anything else. So, he would simply return her gaze. It was very enjoyable to read about that kind of father-child interaction! Scripture tells us about another even more enjoyable interaction.

The Apostle Paul wrote that while we were unable to take care of (save) ourselves, God demonstrated His love by giving us Jesus (Romans 5:8). Jesus himself said that He did not come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for us so that we might have life forever as a child of God (Mark 10:45 and John 3:16).

Of course, our response should be to fix our gaze on Jesus. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus … who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (12:3).

What would cause the writer to have described what Jesus did as joyful? The writer had already told us in Hebrews 10:12-13, “… He sat down at the right hand of God … because by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”

Jesus looked beyond himself (Philippians 2:1-11) as He willingly and joyfully gave himself for us so that we might be born again as God’s children (John 1:12-13 and 3:1-3). How can others tell if we have been reborn into God’s family? Might it be how our lives have a new and joyous look – one that is eagerly focused toward being with God forever – when we shall see face to face (I Corinthians 13:12)?

John Harp

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