“You brought my inner parts into being; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” — Psalms 139:13 MEV
This lovely prayer assures us God made us to be exactly who he wanted us to be, which is kind of sad when you consider that we come to this world as perfect examples of what God intends, but quickly get twisted and scarred.
Thankfully, we know that Jesus repairs the damage, and that when we face God at the judgment he will look at us, and see Jesus, and pronounce his judgment: “This is my beloved child in whom I am well pleased.”
That is comforting, but in a way, isn’t it also a bit of a gyp? I mean, if he looks at us, but sees Jesus, what was the point in being “us” in the first place? Is God just closing his eyes to the person we are, here on earth and refusing to see the mess we made (which granted, would be better for us), or …?
Perhaps Jesus, as the only begotten of the Father, is the original design for all of us. We are all intended to be perfect exemplars of love, as Jesus is. We weren’t all meant as carbon copies of Jesus, but we were all meant to be God’s image, in our own way.
So when we say that when God looks at us he sees Jesus, it’s true: he sees his own image reflected back; he sees his very substance, the substance of love.
And perhaps even those of us who do not in fact resemble Jesus, or love, right now, will do by the time we meet God face-to-face. First John tells us when we see him, we will be like him. Being around Jesus transforms us into Jesus.
I find this true in my daily walk today — I feel like his love is stronger and stronger in me, better able to shine through the dilapidation that I made of the original design. If this is happening to me now, just from spending time in the sweet presence of my Savior, imagine how it will be when we behold him face-to-face.
It will be a celebration of God’s original design for all of us, now perfected in Christ. And the sooner the better, I say.