Collegiate Chapel - May 10, 2017
Senior Morgan Ragsdale addressed his fellow classmates in a personal message of God’s truth and reconciliation. After a humorous anecdote to illustrate the power of shame and guilt, Morgan brought everyone to the story of the woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years. As he read through the story, he explained that Jesus Christ, having perceived that the power went out from Him when the woman touched his robe, turned around. Morgan used the story of Moses being hidden in the rock and viewing God’s glory, while only being able to see His back, to illustrate that God does not turn his face on people due to His complete holiness. In the God-man, Jesus Christ, the full deity of God dwells bodily. This means for the first time, humanity was able to look upon the glorious face of their God in an intimate way, as the woman did when Jesus turned around to look at her. Furthermore, the face of Jesus is not one of condemnation, but of grace, love, and mercy toward His people! In closing, Morgan encouraged everyone that, because of Christ’s great sacrifice once for all, God turns His face toward us, in the person of Jesus Christ, in order that they might become the righteousness of God!
Key Passages: Mark 5:24-34, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Exodus 33: 12-23