Like One from Whom people hide their faces
the picture here is of people who can't look on Jesus
because He is so disgusting, both from His disfigurement
and from His claim to be their Messiah.
The phrase alludes to the horror of looking on a leprous face
of the untold shame and humiliation of the sin
to avoid revealing the horror of all that He knew He bore
of the degradation and shame of mankind.
Still today, rather than seek Him out and fall before His majesty,
rather than run to Him to acknowledge His Lordship in our lives,
rather than embrace Him for the sacrifice He made for us,
just like His closest friends and disciples in His time on earth,
we hide from Him to avoid Him, refusing to look to Him,
pushing Him away and denying any association with Him,
and scornful of everything He offers to us through His sacrifice.
Instead, today, we often foolishly try to fill our needs with things and people,
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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