Friday, January 29, 2016
"Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat."
Psalm 19:4-6 ESV
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“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: 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 inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4 ESV).
|What explains beauty?|
Why do we recognize beauty at all? It's a question with much discussion and a long answer. It's bigger than this short reflection can cover, but I’ll touch on a small part of an explanation. I believe our perception of beauty rests in God. We look at his creation and the things we have made from his creation, and we see their beauty. We are can perceive beauty because God himself is beautiful and he made us for himself. We see his glory declared by them.
"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork" (Psalm 19:1 ESV).
As beautiful as nature is, it is a dim reflection
of the beauty of God. As amazing as humanity is (and we are amazing, for we bear his image) we pale in comparison to the Son, for he is the very image of God. When you see the Son, you see the Father (John 14:9). Flesh veiled his divine glory during his earthly ministry, yet his glory remained evident to those with eyes to see. After his resurrection and ascension, there was more.
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3a ESV).
Jesus is the apaugasma, the radiance reflection, or brilliance of the glory of God. He does not merely reflect this glory. He himself is the incarnate reflection of this glory. So, in nature we see declarations of glory. In humanity, we see his image born in creation. In the Son, we see the glory itself.
|And so we wait...|
shroud his glory, it remains visible for those who see.
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Walking across campus this morning, I passed The Word, Kent Twitchell's mural of Jesus, the incarnate Word, holding forth the written Word, and there, reflected in the window, was sunrise.
|Glory reflected in nature and art.|
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Though the sun rises in the East, sometimes its glory is only seen in the West.
|First sunset of 2016. And so it begins.|
|Second sunrise. Amazing how the western sky glows so much up here.|