Imagine a world where you can’t see fully.
Traditionally at a wedding, the bride wore a veil over her face, and so people couldn’t see her properly until she had become the property of her husband. Under a veil, you can see there is a person there, but unless it is very transparent, you can’t see any kind of detail.
Back in the Old Testament, Moses used to put a veil over his face after he had met with God, because his face shone so much with the reflected glory of God’s presence. But it stopped the people from seeing God completely. The law that Moses brought from God told some of who God is, in that it showed that he was an all powerful God and that he loved people on the edges and margins of society, that he wanted us to worship him and be in relationship with him. But it didn’t tell the whole story – that only came through Jesus who gave his life for our freedom.
When we choose to turn to God, the veil has been taken away. We can see God as he truly is. We can see him through the Holy Spirit who brings us the freedom of God. That’s why we can eat bacon and shellfish and we don’t have to count the number of steps we take on the Sabbath. Because of Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, we can know God as he really is.
Christianity is all about freedom. The rules that we follow we follow out of worship and love, not because we have to. We are free from whatever is containing us, free from whatever is trapping us.
Lord God, thank you that we can see you fully, and that through the Holy Spirit we can know you fully. Thank you for all you have done for us, so that we can be free.
Why not respond in worship. Praise God for all he has done for us.