Over and over again God’s Word describes for us what it is like to encounter Jesus face to face. Many of these encounters were unexpected but all left an indelible mark.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
In 1918, Celebrated singer and composer Helen Lemmel was handed a pamphlet by a missionary friend. It contained a phrase that would deeply impact the rest of her life. ‘So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.’ Here is how Helen recalled the moment:
“Suddenly, as if commanded to stop and listen, I stood still, and singing in my soul and spirit was the chorus, with not one conscious moment of putting word to word to make rhyme, or note to note to make melody. The verses were written the same week, after the usual manner of composition, but none the less dictated by the Holy Spirit.”
The words given to Helen that day have become a huge encouragement to countless believers in the 100 years since it was first published:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Face to Face with Jesus
Over and over again God’s Word describes for us what it is like to encounter Jesus face to face. Many of these encounters were unexpected but all left an indelible mark. In the form of a Theophany, he appears to Old Testament saints such as Joshua who receives a visit from an unexpected ally in the ferocious heat of battle.
Through his ministry in first-century Palestine, the Gospels describe a number of encounters of both Jews and Gentiles with Jesus Christ. From the encounter with Nathaniel to the encounter with Pontius Pilate, the writers of the Gospels describe the varying reactions of people to this One who claimed the authority of God Himself.
In This Series
This summer we invite you again to turn your eyes ‘unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith’ and encounter Him again, Face to Face, through the eyes of men and women who looked into his eyes.
Join us on the 17th of July as we ‘turn our eyes on Jesus’. Over the following seven weeks we will dig into these encounters with the help of some of our MKCC Family who don’t have the opportunity to share a message with us on Sunday, in fact, one or two will be preaching for the first time, so come along and encourage them.
John Ells, Joe Amaeze, Sean Harriott, Josephine Lijofi, Ola Obisesan, Clive Gladwin, Franklin Jayaraj, Kay Komolafe & Kenni Okesola