Washington Evening Journal
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Beauty … something we all are moved by. Beauty is meant to inspire and create a sense of awe in us. When we encounter beauty we recognize an artist has conveyed what they see.
When we observe a sunset or sunrise we recognize God has just created something beautiful just for us. When we look at all of creation … the stars … the landscape … a graceful deer do we recognize the beauty God has already created?
The most overlooked beauty of all time is the beauty of the God of creation who came to live as one of us, Jesus, the second person of the Godhead. Jesus being involved in creation Himself, came to model the beauty of our Heavenly Father. An encounter in the 14th chapter of John between Jesus and Phillip reveals a great problem and a great revelation.
Phillip, one of the 12 disciples, petitions Jesus for Him to show them the Father. Jesus responds with dismay that Phillip has missed the beauty of the Father in Himself. Jesus continues by saying “if you have seen Me you've seen the Father.” Jesus by saying “if you have seen Me,” is saying to Phillip that you have only seen with your physical eyes and that is why you missed the beauty of the Father in Me.
To see real beauty, the beauty of the Father in Jesus, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of our heart as the Apostle Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesians 1:15-21.
When we are able to see the beauty that is Jesus we will be inspired and moved! We will be inspired to follow Him, and we will be moved to be like Him.
Beauty is contagious.