For one of our family vacations, we went to Estes Park, Colorado, enjoying the beauties of Rocky Mountain National Park. There was a constant refrain coming from my wife and me to our kids: Look at that! When we went to the top of Trail Ridge Road, or hiked Deer Mountain, or enjoyed time in Moraine Valley, or went around Bear Lake, the constant cry was “Look,” “Check that out,” “See what is there.”
Why? Because we can be guilty of missing the beauty that is right in front of us. And second, we understand that beholding beauty can transform who we are, what we value, and how we think and live in the world. God gave us beauty in creation to point us to himself, and this is needful, but he has given us even more specific beauty to gaze at and be transformed by.
We See Christ
2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” If we know Christ, we want to be transformed and increasingly conformed to the image of the Son (Rom. 8:29). But we have not seen Christ with our physical eyes; we behold his glory elsewhere. 2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us that there is a need to see “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God,” or, in 4:6, “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
We see Christ in the glories of the gospel, the story of the person and work of Jesus Christ. And the Bible is full of the display of that glory from beginning to end. So we can say with 1 Peter 1:8, “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice ...
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