A Happy Face

Me: I declare, that is a happy face!

Prodigal: Yes, look at how much joy there is!

This is from the book God’s Psychiatry by Charles L. Allen

When we look at Jesus’ face we know it was a happy face. Little children ran to get in His lap and clasp Him around His neck. People invited Him to their parties. Seeing God in Christ, we are not afraid of Him; instead we want to be closer to Him. We listen as He says, “Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11), and we are ashamed of our sins, we want forgiveness, and we come to Him repenting and asking for His cleansing.

We look as “he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Though it meant death, He would not go back on the high purposes of His life. Seeing Him puts the steel in our own backbones to make the right decision. We watch as He walked seven miles to Emmaus to give hope to the downhearted (Luke 24:13-32), or as He gave a new chance to His friends who failed Him (John 20:19-31), and we take new heart and new hope.

How wonderful it is to see God. To encourage the early Christians who were bearing almost the unbearable John says to them that those who are faithful “shall see his face” (Rev 22:4). The promise of seeing Him compensated for any sacrifice.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26 (KJV)

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

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