June 10, 2015
St. Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth, “Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious that the children of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of its glory that was going to fade, how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious?” 2 Cor 3:4-11
St. Paul makes reference to the light of God’s Glory that shone on the face
of Moses, whenever Moses met with God on Mt. Sinai. (Ex 34:29-30)
Probably the closest analogy we can make to that kind of glow, is the glow of our old ‘glow-in-the-dark’ crucifixes. Do you remember how we would put them in the sunshine for a little while and then, when we took them back inside, in the dark, they would glow. But that glow never lasted very long, before it went back to normal.
Today we have these solar lights in our yards. And when the sun shines on them, they can glow well into the dark of the night. But when it’s a cloudy day, they don’t work quite as well either. It’s kind of like sin. When we let sin cloud our lives, we don’t shine out to others, quite as brightly.
St. Paul’s made the point today, that there was clearly a difference between the temporary glow, that Moses had experienced, and the Glow that Jesus offers to us through the Holy Spirit. You see, the glow that Moses received, was from the outside – in, just like the glow-in-the-dark crucifix, whose glow was totally dependent upon the sun and would quickly fade away in the dark.
But the Glow that we receive from Jesus, is a Glow from the inside – out, from the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. And that Glow will never fade. And even though, like the external glow from the sunshine, we still do receive the glow of Joy from external sources: like nature, and friends, and poetry, and music, our true Joy comes from knowing that Jesus is always here inside each and every one of us: bringing us the hope, and love, and peace, that shine out for all to see!
Jesus told his disciples that the old law, the Law of Moses, that glow that came
from the outside, was not being replaced by His new, “eternal law,” the glow on the inside, but that it WAS being made even more magnificent by the Holy Spirit.
So the next time we get to feeling like we’ve been out of the sunshine for a little too long, and our glow may be fading, all we have to do, is remember Jesus who is living within us, and from within, that more magnificent Glow will begin to transform us into the very sunshine we missed. And the Glory of God will shine, not only in our lives, but out to the lives of everyone else we meet.
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