The Face Emerging from the Facts

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Sunday entries are taken from the classic devotional series In Christ by E. Stanley Jones.

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We saw that the figure of Christ in the Korean picture arose out of the pages of the New Testament—the words revealed the Word, the Word made flesh. He is the pivot around which the whole New Testament revolves. Must we now go further—is life compelling us to say that that same Figure arises out of the facts of life, apart from the New Testament?

Does life reveal Life? Just as the watermark in paper is not stamped on but is wrought into the texture of the paper, a part of it, is the name of Jesus not stamped on us by human propaganda, but wrought within us by divine purpose? Are our faith and our fate the same? Is this Scripture true: “whom . . . he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29)? Are we predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son? And is that predestination not something imposed on life, but rather something that is being exposed out of life itself? Is a Face emerging out of the facts of life, and is that Face the “one Dear Face, that far from vanishing, rather grows and becomes my universe that feels and knows”?

A Freudian psychiatrist was driven to that conclusion and the same thing happened to a Hindu philosopher: “My study of history shows me that there is a moral pivot in the world and the best life of both East and West is more and more revolving around that moral pivot. That moral pivot is the person of Jesus Christ.”

“History is turning out to be His-story.” Where men and nations depart from Him they decay. When they obey Him they develop. Whether or not we agree with the first part of the statement of Henry Higgins Lane, professor of zoology at the University of Kansas, we must agree with the second, “Evolution is God’s method of operation in the realm of nature; Christianity is God’s plan of operation in the spiritual world.” That “One Dear Face” is beginning to emerge from the scientifically sifted facts of nature.

THE PRAYER

O God, we are like little children going to school, beginning to spell out by slow processes a name written into the nature of things, and that name is turning out to be “J-e-s-u-s.” To that name every knee shall bow. Amen.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAY

“Jesus! the name that charms our fears. That bids our sorrows cease.”

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Eli Stanley Jones was an evangelical Methodist missionary to India who sought to make a clear distinction between biblical Christianity and Western culture. For 70 years, Dr. E. Stanley Jones proclaimed the Gospel of Christ throughout the world, earning him the title of "the world's greatest missionary evangelist" by Time magazine in 1938, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 1963, and two Nobel Peace Prize nominations during his lifetime. An author of 29 books, he moved among statesmen and among leaders as counselor, friend, and worker for peace and helped hundreds of thousands, from village outcasts in India to molders of public opinion in America, Japan, Europe, and India.

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