Today’s Reading: Exodus 34:29-35
Daily Lectionary: Job 1:1-22; John 1:1-18
Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. (Exodus 34:29)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Moses came down from the mountain with the Law, which he received in the presence of the eternal glory of God. We often think of this story as being just about the giving of the Law, but the very fact that Moses was in the presence of the Almighty, able to speak with Him, is purely Gospel.
When God sets things in order with His Law it is for our benefit, to draw us into repentance, that there might be the Gospel for us as well. The Gospel is given to you freely through Jesus, who fulfilled and credited to you the Law on the tablets of testimony.
Because of Jesus’ work on the Cross the temple curtain is torn in two. No veil is needed anymore to shield us from God’s presence or His glory. The veil is lifted for you, and now each time you gather in the Divine Service, your sins are forgiven and you are able to speak with God. You receive His glory in the preaching and in the Lord’s Supper, where we see Jesus. In these means you are given the words of eternal life and the foretaste of the eternal glory which Christ has prepared for you.
This is all for you with the guarantee that as you are in Christ, His face shines on you. Together we can all truly say, “We have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf
Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face; here would I touch and handle things unseen, here grasp with firmer hand th’eternal grace, and all my weariness upon thee lean. (Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face, LSB 631:1)