“…truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God…” (Genesis 33:10)
These are the words of Jacob as he was reunited with his estranged brother Esau. The backstory is that Jacob had backstabbed Esau, cheating him out of his birthright and his father’s blessing. Esau, in a rage, had vowed to kill Jacob and so Jacob fled and stayed away for years.
During this time of separation Esau was able to come to a point of forgiveness in his heart. The extent of his inner healing was on display when Jacob returned home after his self imposed exile. Esau ran to him, embraced him, kissed him and wept with him. It was forgiveness at its finest. Jacob’s response to all this was, “…truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God…” That’s what forgiveness at its finest looks like – the face of God!
As we celebrate Holy week, we are embraced by forgiveness at its finest. In the cross of Christ we see Jesus, as the Suffering Servant, pouring out the fullness of God’s forgiveness upon all. When we, in faith, turn our eyes towards our Lord on the cross we join Jacob in saying “…truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God…”
May that awareness of God’s forgiveness in Christ bless you this Holy Week and always! And as we worship this Good Friday may we have a fresh vision of the face of forgiveness in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your ultimate and eternal forgiveness. Thank you for the way you pour that blessing upon all, even though we do nothing to earn or deserve it. Thank you for the way that your forgiveness opens a fresh and life giving relationship with you and all. In that Good Friday grace, we lift this prayer in the name of our Suffering Servant, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Have a great Holy Week.