Pastor Mark’s Devotion #105

“Jesus – A Window and A Mirror”

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.” I Corinthians 13:12

For the past several weeks, I have been working on replacing the windows at my home. Ed Snowden has been guiding me through the replacement procedure. It was time for the 46-year old glass with their broken seals and oxidized aluminum frames to go. With the new glass in place, as I got ready for bed, my eyes did a double take. I could not believe how clean, crisp and clear everything looked outside. It was almost startling! It reminded me of the moment when I first tried on my new pair of glasses. I had no idea how much my vision had deteriorated. The world and its colors had turned so dull, and it was so subtle that I hadn’t even noticed it – until I looked through those new lenses.

My bathroom also received a new window. But this window was with frosted glass. Now, no one can peek in as I brush my teeth but it also means that my vision is impaired. Inside the bathroom is a medicine cabinet faced with a mirror. One day, after a shower, I dropped my towel on the floor. As I lifted my head, the door of the cabinet was open and the corner of the mirror gouged a deep gash in the top of my head. It bled like crazy.

Windows and mirrors. Recently, I read a short pastoral piece encouraging me to consider looking at Jesus as a window and a mirror. As I had just been working on my windows, I was “drawn” in. The Scripture writers “frame” Jesus in many different ways. He is the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah, and the Prince of Peace. Jesus, himself, wants us to “picture” him as The Good Shepherd, the Light of the World, and the Bread of Life. He calls himself the Vine, the Gate, the Way, the Truth and the Resurrection.

When we look “through” Jesus as a window, we are empowered to see the outside world with greater clarity, crispness and precision. When we look “into” Jesus as a mirror, we are capable of seeing ourselves with greater honesty, openness and truth.

The Apostle Paul stated, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.” Whenever I read this passage, I think of the rest stop areas along I-5. Due to vandalism, the state puts up a piece of galvanized sheet metal as a substitute for a mirror above each of the sinks. Needless to say, it’s a pretty poor reflection. Paul says that what we have right now is a pretty dim and dull view of reality. But there will come a time when all things will become clear – it will be startling! We shall see our Savior face to face – and at that time, life will never have looked so clean, crisp nor clear. With Christ as our window, we will see the Kingdom of God and the joy of the Lord, as clear as crystal. With Christ as our mirror, we will see ourselves clothed in Him. Our identity will be covered in Christ. Shame, guilt, and sin will be no more. Holiness, godliness, and Christlikeness will be our reflection.

The Apostle, John, was given an open window to see into The Kingdom – and he was startled! This is what he saw; “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband…The wall (of the city) was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.” (Rev. 21:1-2,18)

When you look outside, does the view look dim and dull?  Look to Jesus, he is your window of hope and your mirror to healing.                                             God Bless You All!                               Pastor Mark