6th Saturday after Easter

Exodus 33:18-23, Exodus 34:29–35, 1 Kings 19:3–18, John 1:10–18

Have you ever hidden your face? Embarrassment. Shame. Guilt. Avoidance.

The Israelites hid their faces from . Originally it was out of fear. They only understood fearing gods, as gods were capricious and unpredictable. Now they were in the presence of a god that they were told of but hadn’t experienced. This god that was only a tale led them out of Egypt. This god ed them to him. Now what? Of course, they hide their faces. They s someone in their stead that way they don’t have to face .

Facing is a -changing experience…and so many try to avoid it.
Moses was physiy d forever. He was d in such a way that normal inter with people was over. How about you?
Elijah’s experience was different still. In the midst of his being overwhelmed, in despair, and in fear, was there. Elijah may not have hidden his face from , but hid his face from Elijah.
’s and ness were too much for any human to handle. made a way.

Jesus was the face of . Instead of being afraid, or hiding away, was right there. Imagine instead of being afraid of , eating with .

1) What was the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done? What about it was embarrassing?

2) Have you ever been too embarrassed to talk to ? Is it more embarrassing to think that al knows, or is it comforting?

3) In regards to coming face-to-face with , why is Jesus’ coming so important?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.