Divine Flesh

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Daily Reformation, Isaiah 53:1-5

From the Reformer

His transfiguration did not altogether enable his disciples to see Christ, as he now is in heaven, but gave them a taste of his boundless glory, such as they were able to comprehend. Then his face shone as the sun; but now he is far beyond the sun in brightness. In his raiment an unusual and dazzling whiteness appeared; but now without raiment a divine majesty shines in his whole body. Thus in ancient times God appeared to the holy fathers, not as He was in Himself, but so far as they could endure the rays of His infinite brightness; for John declares that not until they are like him will they see him as he is, (1Jn 3:2.)

—John Calvin, A Harmony of the Evangelists

Pulling It Together

The world views Jesus in so many ways: a good teacher, a prophet, a holy man, a trouble-maker, an alien visitor, and a spirit but not a man at all. Some say he is a fabrication of the Church. Others say he is a religious construct to keep the masses in order. The Church says that Jesus is the promised Savior and God’s own Son. The Church further believes that he is God incarnate—Divine flesh—God himself come to earth, died, and risen. Though church folks state this belief, many have yet to truly see Jesus as he is. They do not see him transfigured in glory. Until a person sees beyond a man with no desirable beauty, beyond a man who spoke compelling words, beyond the figurehead of the Church, and sees God in all his glory, a person has yet to see Jesus. Who do you see?

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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