Unveiling the Gospel

"And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is in the image of God."

(2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

Background

The Christians living in the time of Paul were known for having unveiled faces. Women were required to wear veils during this time of history. Veils were a status symbol and were used to show modesty and to hide identity. In the Old Testament, Moses reportedly wore a veil to shield the bright light that God had given him on the mountain from the people. During this time, Christians were often persecuted for their faith. This Bible verse reflects the difficulty of "veiling" their faith for protection and lifting the veil of their faith so nonbelievers would see the light of Christ.

Activity

Cover your head and face with a sheer scarf or one yard of sheer, silky material. Only your eyes should be exposed; the remainder of your head should be covered with the scarf.

Say: "I have a special covering on my head today. Why do you think that I am doing this?"

Possible Answers: "You are cold." "Your hair is a mess." "You want to hide something." "I can't see all of your face."

Say: "Those are all good reasons. When we cover something, it is difficult to figure out what is underneath. Think about the Scripture we read earlier. In Jesus' time, people normally covered their faces and heads as a sign of humility, modesty, and respect. Whenever we partially cover something, it can seem more interesting. We wonder, "What might be under the cover?" In 2 Corinthians, Paul writes that Christians are not to cover or hide the gospel. As Christians, we are called to walk openly with head held high and with the light of God shining."

Wrap your face and neck again with the scarf. Dramatically take off the scarf and say: "Don't cover up Christ's light. Let it shine for all to see."

Discussion Questions

  • What are some ways that people know that you are a Christian?
  • How do we show modesty, respect, and humility in today's world?
  • How might you show the light and love of Jesus to others?

Prayer

Lord, give me the confidence to share your word with all. Help me to be filled with your joy and love so that the gospel is uncovered and shines light brightly to all. Amen.

Ruth M. Blum is an ordained United Methodist Deacon who serves as Associate Pastor of Children and Families at Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church in Glendale, Arizona.

Posted in2006.

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