WORSHIP: FACIAL RECOGNITION
A facial recognition system is a computer application for
automatically identifying or verifying a person from a digital image or
a video frame from a video source. It is typically used in security
systems and can be compared to other biometrics such as fingerprint
or eye iris recognition systems.*
In a way, worship begins with facial recognition. The worship of God is
the understanding and celebration of who he is and the face of God is
Jesus Christ. When Philip, one of the disciples, wanted Jesus to show
them Father God, Jesus said, “he who has seen me has seen the
Father”. (John 14:9)
One of the most profound scripture passages in the Bible is
Hebrews 1:1-3. It starts with God. (Let there be no mistake,
everything starts with God.) God initiates all good things including life
and salvation. The writer of Hebrews explains that Jesus Christ is
“the radiance of His (God's) glory and the exact representation of His
nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.”
When Philip asked to see God, he was looking at the face of God
clothed in skin. Wow! I sure wish I was there! Imagine. That very God
was standing in front of him.
Moses also had an amazing experience. In Exodus 34 we read of God's
instructions to Moses. After following these instructions, “the Lord
descended in the cloud and stood there with him (Moses) as he called
upon the name of the Lord. Then the Lord passed by in front of him
and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious
slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth; who keeps
loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgressions
and sin.” (Exodus 34:5-7) Moses recognized who was standing in front
of him. The result is that Moses quickly “bowed and worshiped.”
We may not be standing in the physical presence of God but we have a
promise that he is near. (Philippians 4:5) and that he is “the same
yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrew 13:8) so our response is to
recognize who God is and to worship him.
Since God is with us in Spirit and we don't see him with our physical
eyes we look to scriptures to help us recognize who God is. We also
see the evidence of God's presence in the circumstances of life, as
well as in his creation. In other words, we may not see him as Philip
and Moses did, but see his fingerprints.
Daily, no matter what life brings, we worship creator God because we
recognize him. Trust me, there is no one like Jesus Christ. He is
unmistakable. You will know that he is with you when he brings
comfort to your soul and when he supplies your every need.
Artists have tried to depict what Jesus looked like when he was
clothed in flesh. Somehow, these pictures don't do him justice.
Through the scriptures, we know so much more about him than a
painting can represent.
Whether singing songs in church or living our lives at work, school or
home, we worship Jesus Christ because we recognize who he is. He is
the Mighty God, the Savior of the World; Jesus Christ.
As we recognize him, let's worship him.
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