“You teach,” said the Emperor Trajan to Rabbi Joshua, “that your God is everywhere, and boast that He resides among your nation; I should like to see Him.”
“God’s presence is indeed everywhere,” replied Joshua, “but He cannot be seen. No mortal eye can behold His glory.”
The Emperor insisted. “Well,” said Joshua “suppose we try to look first at one of His ambassadors.” The Emperor consented.
The Rabbi took him into the open air at noonday and bade him look at the sun in its blazing splendor. “I cannot,” said Trajan. “The light dazzles me.”
“You are unable,” said Joshua, “to endure the light of one of His creatures, and can you expect to behold the resplendent glory of the Creator? Would not the brightness of His glory annihilate you?”
This same thought is expressed in the Bible in 1 Timothy 6:16, Who only hath immortality, dwelling in light unapproachable; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power eternal.
We often sing songs about seeing Jesus and the bliss that will be. I don’t doubt for a second that it will be the greatest moment of our lives. He will be glorious. We will be amazed. We will be dazzled. It is what we have waited for for so long!
If someone, though, were to say to a skeptic or doubter, “Suppose we try to look first at one of His ambassadors,” what would the skeptic think if they brought him/her to see me? Are we not his ambassadors, too? We may not be luminous as the sun in its glory, but we are to represent Him. How are we doing?
PRAYER: Let our lives be a testimony to your greatness, your glory, your majesty – to all who wish to see You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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