When We See Jesus Face to Face: What Will It Be Like?
It was through Jesus that the God of inaccessible light became accessible to human beings for the first time (John 1:14). The truth is that God first became visible to us via Jesus Christ himself: “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest connection with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18). (John 1:18). Take, for example, the following exchange between Philip and Jesus in John 14:8-9: “Lord, just show us the Father, and that will be sufficient for us,” Philip prayed.
“How can you say, ‘Show us the Father,'” you might wonder.
(See Matthew 5:8 for more information.) The events of the last year are a foreshadowing of what God says we will experience following the resurrection, on the New Earth: “From this day forward, there will be no curse.” It is in this city that God’s and the Lamb’s thrones will be located, and his slaves will serve him.
“No one will be able to see the Lord unless they are holy” (Hebrews 12:14).
- In fact, it is exactly what will take place.
- Because we are entirely righteous before God in Christ, once we have been exalted and made blameless for all time, we will be able to see God and live as a result of our righteousness.
- It will be the experience of meeting face to face with our Savior.
- As well as in the location He created just for us, as well as in the place we were created.
- The thought of seeing Jesus, falling on my knees before Him, then talking with Him and eating with Him, and then walking with Him, as a resurrected human living on a resurrected Earth, is something I think about from time to time.
- He grinned at Finney, who shivered with delight as he realized who he was looking at right away.
- He took a step forward.
- It was difficult to look anywhere else at the time, and no one in their right mind would have wanted to.
- Enter the kingdom that has been prepared for you as a result of work done by someone else, work that you were unable to complete.
“Come and share in the pleasure of your Lord!” As the audience erupted in applause, Finney was overcome with emotion and fell to his knees, then to the ground, face down, as if the knees were still too high a posture before the Lord of the Universe. epm.org. Permission has been granted to use.
Seeing God Face to Face by Kim Riddlebarger
3 Minutes to Read I believe that if you were to ask Christians if they would like to “see” God, the vast majority would respond affirmatively. When it comes to biblical texts such as Hebrews 12:29, which reminds us that “our God is a consuming fire,” our curiosity frequently triumphs over our understanding of them. While Scripture promises that those who are pure in heart will see God (Matt. 5:8), Paul makes it plain that such sight will not be possible until after death, when believers will be admitted into God’s presence (Eph.
- God is the only one who “has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable brightness, whom no one has ever seen or can see,” and who “no one has ever seen or can see” because “no one has ever seen or can see” (1 Tim.
- However, Paul claims that one day — at the second coming of Jesus Christ — we shall be able to see what our sin and finiteness presently hinders us from perceiving (6:14–15).
- The reflection of one’s own image in such an item was at best faint.
- When Jesus returns, we shall have the opportunity to see Him with our own eyes.
- We shall be aware, even as we are completely aware of our existence.
- According to Genesis 32:30, Jacob had a vision of God and named the area Peniel, which means “face to face with God,” since he had “seen God face to face and yet my life had been delivered.” Moses had a vision of God as well.
- During the reading from Exodus 33, Moses expresses his desire to experience God’s splendor, which God gladly granted him.
- Verse 18–23 states, “Moses pleaded with the Lord, ‘Please show me your splendor.’ ” Then he said, ‘I will bring all of my goodness before you, and I will proclaim before you the name of the Lord,’ and he left.
‘However, you will not be able to see my face since man will not be able to view me and survive.’ ‘Behold, there is a location near me where you shall stand on the rock, and when my glory goes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.’ I will then move my hand away, and you will be able to view my back, but not my face.
Moses and Jacob, according to what we discover in the New Testament, did not have an abstract, ethereal conception of God.
Similarly to Jesus’ remark in John 6:46, “It is not possible for anybody else to have seen the Father save the one who comes from God, and he has seen the Father.” Due to the fact that Jesus is God (the second member of the Trinity), He is the only one who has seen the Father, implying that Jacob and Moses seen the pre-incarnate Jesus, whose splendor was still too tremendous for sinful people to behold.
- Philip, one of Jesus’ disciples, wished to see God in the same way that Moses did.
- ‘Have I been with you for such a long time, and you still don’t know who I am, Philip?’ Jesus inquired.
- You don’t know how to say, “Show us the Father.” Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?’” Since Philip had seen Jesus, Philip had already seen God.
- It is likely that Philip wished he could recall his question just as soon as he asked it.
For us the promise remains: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). (Matt. 5:8). This promise will be fulfilled on that day when Jesus Christ returns. What is now quite dim will become crystal clear. Faith will become sight.
Seeking God Face to Face
As a child growing up in the Middle East, I was a devout follower of Islam. I made every effort to follow the teachings of the Qur’an and Muslim Sharia law to the letter. Despite my best attempts, I couldn’t shake the feeling of guilt. Because I couldn’t follow the rules, I concluded that I must be the worst person on the face of the planet. I was wrong. I was certain that Islam and the Qur’an were correct, but I was also conscious of my own sins, which caused me to fight. As a result, I was certain that I was doomed to Hell, and I dreaded the prospect of dying immensely.
Who is Jesus really?
I was introduced to the Bible for the first time when I was 27 years old, which was when I was 27 years old. Because I had been taught that the Bible had been tampered with, I began reading it just for its tales rather than for its meaning. I was also taught that Jesus was only a prophet who was lower to Muhammad in terms of power and authority. I was certain that Muslims had a more sincere faith in Jesus than Christians did at the time. My self-described as “modern,” “open-minded,” and “university educated,” reading the Bible didn’t seem to me to be a bad idea.
- I never in a million years imagined that I would one day abandon Islam and embrace Christianity!
- Christians appeared to me to be morally reprehensible, a perception reinforced by Hollywood films and the lifestyles of some putative Christians in my own nation.
- I was in a lot of difficulty.
- Even though I didn’t believe it at the time, I decided it was worth a shot in my desperate frame of mind.
Cautiously Reading the Bible
In the aftermath of that, I began reading the Bible more carefully for the first time, and was shocked to discover that Jesus did not speak in the manner of a prophet. He exuded complete confidence in his words. Muslims claim that the Bible has been distorted, but Jesus seems to speak with authority in every chapter of the Bible! I reasoned that either Jesus was much more than a prophet, or else he was a total fraud, based on the evidence. In addition, Jesus appeared to embrace everyone regardless of their current condition of affairs in life.
When it came down to it, I really wanted to believe that Jesus was who he claimed to be.
Jesus, is that you?
When I began to study the Bible more closely after that, I was shocked to discover that Jesus did not speak in the manner of a prophet. I couldn’t believe how authoritative he was speaking. According to Muslims, the Bible has been perverted; nonetheless, Jesus is heard speaking with authority throughout the Bible. Because of this, I concluded that either Jesus was much more than a prophet, or else he was an outright lie. Also apparent was the fact that Jesus appeared to accept everyone regardless of their current condition of affairs.
People who are similar to me, for instance! When it came down to it, I really wanted to believe that Jesus was who he claimed to have been. My skepticism remained, though, and I required further evidence to change my perspective.
My Need for God Returned
But suddenly I found myself in the midst of serious personal issues once more. I made the decision to attempt to reclaim the faith that I had as a child: Islam, rather than Christianity. I started to research Muhammad’s life and came to the shocking conclusion that even atheists enjoy better lives than Muhammad! I was shocked! Every time Muhammad did anything wrong, it was somehow excused or, more conveniently, a message from God was received to declare it was all right with God. Despite how tough it was, I came to the conclusion that I could no longer follow Islam.
- I began researching Christianity in the same way that I had explored Islam previously.
- My final choice came to me one day when I was watching a Christian television show.
- That day, I made a decision to follow Christ and was reborn into a new life.
- I was right.
- Like previously, I no longer dreaded death and didn’t feel empty on the inside as much as before.
- If you wish to make a commitment to Jesus, have a look at this summary of the gift he has given you thus far.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude for everything you have done for me. We talked about meeting Jesus for the first time this week while I was teaching a Bible lesson to 4th through 6th graders, and it was a great conversation starter. Have you ever seen the image of Jesus hugging someone as they are welcomed into the kingdom of heaven? This image was one of my mother’s favorites, and it hung in her house for many years. We had a lively conversation about Joshua 5:13-15 after I read the passage and shared the narrative of Joshua meeting the “Commander of the Lord’s Army” with them.
- ” In the midst of his journey towards the town of Jericho, Joshua raised his eyes to see a guy standing in front of him, a sword in hand.
- “I am the leader of the Lord’s army,” says the protagonist.
- “I am completely at your disposal,” Joshua stated.
- And Joshua performed exactly what was asked of him.” (Joshua 5:13–15, New Living Translation).
- His response to realizing he was in the presence of the Lord was not to run up to him and offer him a hug, but rather to express tremendous regard for him.
- Both of these occurrences are evidence of the Son of God appearing to people before He took on flesh and dwelt among us in the town of Bethlehem.
- I believe that the vast majority of those who love Him with all their hearts have envisaged this encounter and envision it looking something as the image depicts.
Your first contact, on the other hand, should be handled differently, in my opinion.
The author of the Gospel of John refers to himself as “the one who Jesus loved” throughout the book.
John was always a part of Jesus’ inner circle, whether it was at the transfiguration, when he walked into the house of the synagogue leader to raise his daughter from the dead, or in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he prayed with Jesus.
However, we are told that when John came face to face with Jesus in all His glory, he said.
He was dressed in a long robe with a gold belt tied over his chest for added flair.
Moreover, his eyes were like blazing flames of fire.
He had seven stars in his right hand, and a two-edged sword protruded from his lips, cutting through the air.
When I first saw him, I collapsed at his feet, like if I were already dead.
I am both the first and the last person on the planet.
I died, but look at me now: I am alive and well for all time!
When John met Jesus face to face for the first time, he fell at His feet, as though he had never seen someone like Him before.
I have frequent visions of myself seeing Jesus face to face.
When I see Him, I have an involuntary reaction and I fall at His feet.
It is my imagination that I will cling on to Jesus in the same manner that Mary Magdalene held on to Him on the morning of His resurrection when she encountered Him in the garden (John 20:17).
Only then will I be able to experience the exhilaration of being in the everlasting presence of the One who died for my sins.
O The concept makes me shudder.
Do you have a similar relationship with Him?
‘Are you looking forward to the wonderful hope and the glorious coming of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,’ as the Apostle Paul and I are?
2 Peter 3:12; cf.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has conceived what God has planned for those who love him,” Paul said, no matter how hard we try to picture it (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT). Pastor Gary, keep moving forward at His feet.
Seeing Jesus Face-To-Face
1 John 3:1-3 – The Bible says in 1 John 3:1-3 that God is love. See what sort of love the Father has shown us, that we should be referred to as God’s children, which is exactly what we are. The fact that the world is unfamiliar with us is due to the fact that it was unfamiliar with him. We are God’s children right now, and we do not yet know what we will become; but, we know that when he emerges, we will be like him because we will see him for who he truly is. And everyone who places their faith in him cleanses themselves in the same way that he is pure.
- While serving in the Navy, I spent a significant amount of time at sea.
- It was quite difficult.
- “Seeing” via the loves of my mind and heart would eventually give way to real sight and embrace, and I was prepared for it.
- What gives me the confidence that this is the way we are supposed to live the Christian life?
- For us to accomplish God’s objective of making us Christians – holy and pure or Christ-like, as the Apostle John puts it – we must consider carefully whether we should actually perceive Jesus as he appears in the Scriptures.
- In the first place, when we contemplate of encountering Jesus face-to-face for an extended period of time, we experience a shift in our brains, emotions, and lives.
- And the work He is doing in each and every one of His children is to conform us to the image of His Son, the Lord Jesus.
- Yes, the speed will likely be sluggish, but it will be a progressive pace nevertheless.
- Every real believer has been imbued with the desire to see this task completed in their lifetime.
- The desire for holiness is always implanted in the heart of a new-born Christian by the Holy Spirit.
These two desires are found in today’s scripture and demonstrate to us that they are the ways in which we live out the Christian life; living in anticipation of seeing Him, which deepens our desire and growth to be like Him; and living with the expectation of seeing Him, which deepens our desire and growth to be like Him.
- When we restrict Christianity to doing this and not doing that, attending church, reading the Bible, offering some prayer, and maybe, if we are not too busy with our lives in the world, performing a little service for Him, we are putting ourselves and others in peril.
- The message is one of moralism with a dash of chilly religion thrown in for good measure.
- It is not motivating because everything is based on performance.
- The only way to avoid all of these inconsistencies in biblical Christianity is to recognize that Christ is alive and present in us on a daily and moment-by-moment basis.
- Consider the possibility of a genuine Jesus accompanying you in every action of your day.
- He certainly is.
- He may be just as real spiritually as He would be physically, depending on your perspective.
- Having a face-to-face encounter with Jesus.
“Father, thank you for the truth of Your Son becoming the Godman, which supports me no matter what tribulations I am facing.” PRAYER: “Think everyday about meeting Christ physically, and we will spend time in His Word and prayer meeting Him spiritually,” says a wise person.
Has Anyone Seen God Face-to-Face?
Q: According to the narrative in Genesis 3:8-24, it does not appear that Adam and Eve had a face-to-face encounter with God. When Moses came face to face with God at the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-22), he heard God speak but did not see God. Three angels appeared in the terebinth of Mamre and delivered God’s word to Abraham and Sarah, informing them that they would soon be blessed with a son (Genesis 18:1-15). Did anyone have a vision of God before to the arrival of Jesus? A:There is conflicting evidence in the Bible concerning seeing God.
- As recorded in Exodus 33:11a, “The LORD used to talk face to face with Moses, just as one man would speak with another.” Numbers 12:8, Deuteronomy 34:10, and Sirach 45:5 all make reference to this verse.
- It is said by Jesus in the New Testament that angels gaze at the face of God (Matthew 18:10).
- The Book of Revelation has two mentions of God’s appearance.
- I previously compiled a list of Scriptures that mention God having human bodily parts, and I thought that was quite cool.
- The most often used nouns in the New Testament were also hand (23 times), voice (23) and eyes (10).
- According to the Book of Genesis, men and women were created in the image and likeness of God (1:27).
Any similarities between the divine and the human must be taken with a grain of salt until after the everlasting feast. There is no need for description after individuals have arrived since they are experiencing God immediately, without the need for words.
I have seen God face to face and yet I live – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
Download or listen to the podcast in a new window|RSS subscription Verses 6-8, 19-28 of John 1 are particularly noteworthy. The author writes, “I have seen God face to face, and still I live.” But only by a slim margin! Jacob had struggled with the angel all night and had managed to escape with his life – but not before his hip had been thrown out of alignment. God, on the other hand, blessed him during his ordeal and allowed him to meet God face to face. When the Spirit of the Lord descends upon a person, there is almost always a battle; the Spirit is often described as something horrific and shattering in the Scriptures.
- “A spirit entered me and picked me up and carried me away,” the prophet Ezekiel describes.
- When the stranger said, David went into a trance and suddenly collapsed to the ground in front of him.
- He could not breathe.
- Yet, God was at work, shaping and molding these very diverse individuals into men of God who were able to speak for God, but most importantly, to see for God, through each and every one of these life-altering events.
- They would take on the role of God’s seers, and they would speak out about what they had witnessed.
- Although he is a seer and a prophet, this incredible guy who comes from the desert is much more than that.
- ‘John is more than a prophet,’ says Jesus in Matthew chapter 11:7.
The children of Israel had been wandering in the desert for forty years; it would be forty long years before they would be ready to be God’s holy people when they returned home.
If John was in the desert for a lengthy period of time, it must have been a period of tremendous conflict because the life-giving Spirit of God was molding and forming him in preparation for his mission.
This man, who according to the Gospel according to John, “was sent by God,” comes to the Jordan to see with God’s eyes and to pave the way for the Lord to pass over.
“Out of Jerusalem and all Judea and all the country along the Jordan,” he saw, “hundreds of thousands of people” streaming toward him from all directions.
They didn’t come to witness a show; they didn’t come to see a hermit who was wild and unkept, clad in camel’s hair.
He had to have radiated the very sanctity of God, it was obvious.
It was apparent that this guy had been with the Holy One, and when they came before him, they dropped on their knees, confessed their sins, and clamoured to be baptized by him in the Jordan River.
He had been with God, and he had come to identify the presence of God.
“I saw the Spirit come down from heaven like a dove and remain on him,” John claims.
In the sight of Jesus, John, who was intimately acquainted with God, turns his head and recognizes the exact face of the Almighty.
Several of the Bible’s major figures, such as Jacob, Moses, and Isaiah as well as Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel – all came to new understanding after experiencing desert or wilderness experiences.
And I believe that this is still true now, and that it is still true for us as well.
Aspects that are critical to success include not being in complete control of one’s environment and being called on to perform beyond one’s apparent capabilities and defenses, among other things.
I personally perceive the previous few months of epidemic as a wilderness experience, similar to what they describe in their book.
I understand what it’s like to have one’s familiar landmarks taken away, to feel as if one has lost one’s moorings.
It’s too much for me to bear; how much longer can I go on like this?
I believe that the Holy Spirit has helped me to see things in a different light.
Despite the fact that it was done online, I have spent more time talking with them than I have ever done before.
I’ve gained a new perspective on each of them.
My journey into the Covid wilderness began in March, when my mother passed away.
It is an image that I recall having years and years ago when I was a very young child, perhaps five or six years of age.
I was mesmerized by the image, and I remember drawing it when I got home from school.
The first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, he must have really long arms, and that must have been really heavy for him.
They also helped to restore my faith in God.
That throughout our lives, and even after death, we will never be able to fall so low, we will never be able to fall below those arms; we will always be upheld by the everlasting arms of God.
I’m curious as to what gifts have emerged for you as a result of this experience.
And how has your perception of God changed, or your relationship with God grown as a result of this experience?
And, perhaps most importantly, I am aware that it is in that place that we can learn to see better.
In that line of seers, we are included because we, too, have looked into the face of Jesus and seen the very face of the Almighty.
God desires to bless us.
It is God’s desire for us to join Jacob and Moses in proclaiming those joyful and triumphant words: ‘I have seen God face to face and I live,’ and finally with John the Baptist in proclaiming those words, ‘I have seen God face to face and I live.’ Amen. Year B Third Sunday of Advent
The First Person to See God Face to Face
It is impossible to come face to face with God and stay unaltered. On his way down from Mount Sinai, Moses had a dazzling smile on his face. Ishmael was overcome by his own sense of inadequacy. And what about Jesus’ disciples, no matter how illiterate they were at the time? It was obvious that they had been?with Jesus? at the time. A similar statement may be made about Jacob, who was eternally changed as a result of his experience of?wrestling? with God.
An Unexpected Encounter
In the earlier chapters of Genesis, Jacob had engaged in wrestling matches with almost everyone in his immediate vicinity. He engaged in a wrestling match with Esau in order to claim his birthright. He engaged in a wrestling match with Isaac in order to gain Esau’s blessing. He fought with Laban over whether or not to marry Rachel (and Leah). In Genesis 22, Jacob was set to see Esau for the first time in 20 years, and the situation was dire. When Jacob learns that Esau is on his way to meet him with 400 men, he sends a present ahead of time to welcome him (Gen 32:6).
He is confronted by a hitherto unidentified adversary (Gen 32:24).
Did Jacob Wrestle with God Himself?
Jacob’s meeting with God in Genesis 32:22-32 is strange enough on the surface, but did he truly engage in a wrestling match with God Himself? At first glance, it appears to be impossible. The Bible just mentions that Jacob was wrestled with by a man. Jacob looks to have even come out on top in the encounter. He battles Jacob all night and wakes up the next morning realizing that he has lost. as a result, he dislocated Jacob’s hip joint (Gen 32:25). As the sun begins to rise, he begs Jacob to let him go, but Jacob would not release him unless the stranger blesses him.
Alternatively, it may have been an angel (Hos 12:3-4).
was more than a human or an angel; it indicates that this individual was, in fact, God.
- Jacob was able to get blessings from the guy. Since he blessed Jacob, he considered the man to be?greater? than himself (see Heb 7:7). Of course, this does not rule out the possibility that the guy is God himself, but it does raise the possibility that something more is at work
- The man crippled Jacob by simply?touching? his hip. This wound was not caused by a hit or a blow, but rather by a gentle touch. This shows that the guy has magical abilities, as he was able to rename Jacob. Giving names was a privilege reserved for the parent, therefore this stranger possessed extraordinary authority. Even more significantly, according to the biblical account, it was God Himself who had previously renamed Abram to Abraham
- The man suggests that he is God. The man’s justification for calling Jacob “Israel” is that “you have struggled with God and with others and have prevailed” (Gen 32:28). It is clear from the context that this particular interaction demonstrates the guy’s claim
- The man did not reveal his identity to Jacob. This indicates that he would not delegate authority to Jacob by exposing his identity, and/or that Jacob was already aware of his identity
- This narrative may allude to another encounter of a similar nature. In Genesis 18, three?men? come to Abraham, but only one is revealed to be the LORD himself, as revealed in the next verse. As a result of the greater context of Genesis, it is reasonable to deduce that the same thing may be happening with Jacob
- Jacob feels that he has encountered God. Following the meeting, Jacob gave the location the name Peniel, explaining that he had seen God face to face and yet his life had been spared (Gen 32:30). Jacob’s contact with God is the first time in the Bible that the word “face to face” is used to describe someone meeting with God.
A New Name and Identity
What does this entail for Jacob, and how does he feel about it? While Jacob’s efforts may appear to be aimed solely at maintaining his deceitful way of life, the reality is quite the reverse in fact. Jacob is not waging a battle against God, but rather with Him. His request for a blessing is based on a reliance in God’s promises to the patriarchs and their descendants. When he refers to the location as?Peniel,? he acknowledges that his life was saved as a result of this meeting. His bodily wound was a physical manifestation of the bigger metamorphosis that he had gone through.
The author writes, “Jacob the?heel-grabber?
hobbled away after the struggle was over and the sun rose, but he was blessed and changed as a result of God’s love.” * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * This piece is based from Chapter 2 of David H. Wenkel’s book, Shining Like the Sun (available on Amazon) (Lexham Press, 2016).
Revelation 1:12-18 – Meeting Jesus Face to Face
I have not yet had the opportunity to meet Jesus face to face. I came face to face with Him because of my faith. However, Paul reminded out that while “we walk by faith, not sight,” the day will come for believers to return home to be “with the Lord,” and that one day we would all “appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” The Bible says this in II Corinthians 5:7-10. When Jesus advised Thomas, “Do not be afraid,” He was alluding to our current circumstance “Have you believed in Me because you’ve seen Me in person?
- We don’t know, but we “know that when He arrives, we will be like Him, because we will see Him exactly as He is,” according to the Bible.
- Seeing Jesus for the first time as He is now, in His exalted condition, will undoubtedly be a very awe-inspiring and touching experience, unlike anything we have ever experienced before.
- Johndescribes what he saw when Jesus came to him and demanded that he write what is now the last book in the Bible in highly symboliclanguage (the sort of language in which the book of Revelation is written).
- On the Island of Patmos, there was a vision.
- And as I turned around, I saw seven golden lampstands, with one in the center of each lampstand looking like the Son of Man, wrapped in a garment that reached to His feet and girded across His breast with a golden belt, as if He were the Son of Man.
- Moreover, And in His right hand He grasped seven stars, and out of His mouth issued a sharp two-edged sword; and His face shone brightly like the sun, as if it were the sun at its most powerful.
Then He placed His right hand on my shoulder, saying, ‘Do not be frightened; I am the beginning and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and lo, I am alive forevermore, and I hold the keys to death and to Hades in my hands.'” (Read Revelation 1:12-18 for more information.) John’s Reaction to the Situation “And when I saw Him, I collapsed at His feet as if I were a corpse.” 1 Thessalonians 1:17a) It had such an overwhelming effect on John that all of his muscles had lost their strength, his knees crumbled, and he fell limplyto the ground after seeing Jesus in His exalted condition.
- During moments of intense emotion, many of us have undoubtedly experienced bodily reactions that are comparable to these.
- However, despite the fact that John had spent three years with Jesus in the flesh, and had even saw Jesusglorified in a cloud when He had been “transfigured” on the mountain, nothing could have prepared him for seeing Jesus as He was on this day.
- Believe it or not, your reaction on that particular occasion will not be very different from John’s.
- The garments that Jesus wore had a symbolic meaning.
- The long robe is a symbol of respect and dignity.
- (See Isaiah 6:1-3.) The holy priesthood of Jesus was symbolized by the golden girdle.
They were only a shadow, or a replica, of the true High Priest of the New Covenant, who was Jesus Christ.
(See also Hebrews 8:1-6.) Jesus’s Crown of Thorns “It seemed as if His head and hair were made of wool or snow, and His eyes were like a blazing flame of fire.
out of His lips emerged a razor-sharp two-edged sword, and His visage shone with the brightness of the sun in all its might.” (Revelation 1:14; 16b; 18a; 19a).
It is not the same type of “white” that we associate with skin tone in our everyday lives.
This description, without a doubt, speaks of the purity and sanctity of Jesus.
Jesus is, without a doubt, the light of the world.
It is also important to remember that the virtuous will become like Him, beaming out like the sun in their everlasting home (Matthew 13:43).
When He speaks, the “sword” that comes out of his lips symbolizes that His words and judgements are true and accurate (Hebrews 4:12).
1:15a) Revelation 1:15a As we read this description, we are prompted to consider the concepts of power and strength.
To put it another way, the Lord is on His feet; He is active and powerful.
It was the sound of numerous rivers that Jesus used as an example of His voice.
1:15b) Revelation 1:15b When we think of His voice, we should imagine the thundering of a great waterfall or the breaking of powerful waves against a rocky beach.
According to other passages of Scripture, the voice of God is characterized as the sound of many wings, and also as the sound of plentiful rivers (Ezekiel 1:24).
We shall hear the voice say one of two things on the day of judgment “‘Depart from Me, you were never known to Me.'” or “Well done, good and loyal servant.” Take part in the happiness of your Master.” (Matthew 7:23; Matthew 25:21) Assurance from Jesus In response, He placed His right hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Do not be frightened; I am the beginning and the last, as well as the living One; and I was dead and behold, now I am aliveforevermore, and I hold the keys of death as well as the keys of Hades.'” (Revelation 1:17b,18; Revelation 1:17b,18).
- For John, there was absolutely no need to be terrified.
- No, not at all.
- The One who had inspired such awe in John happened to be John’s close buddy.
- He was in possession of the keys of death and Hades.
- He reassures John with his right hand that everything is OK, and that it was past time for John’s instinctual dread to give way to his reason.
He was once again in the presence of Jesus, after a long period of time apart. Death and Hades are no match for Him when it comes to victory. He is in possession of the keys. Written by Jon W. Quinn Extracted from Expository Files 4.12, dated December 1997.
Life’s Greatest Moment…Meeting Jesus Face-to-Face
What would you respond if someone asked you what you considered to be the most memorable experience of your life? What would you say? There might be a hundred different plausible responses to that question. After all is said and done, there can only be one correct response for the Christian, if we take the time to reflect on it. Meeting the Lord Jesus Christ in person, face-to-face with Him, and seeing His loving face staring into ours would be the best answer possible. The notion that this is going to take place is absolutely incredible and beyond words to contemplate.
- What is noteworthy about this thinking is that it has been a rehearsal for that precise moment from the day we were born, which makes it all the more astonishing.
- For us, Mom had just gone through a painful labor and delivery in order for us to be welcomed into this world.
- It would take some time for them to find each other and develop a connection.
- But how can we miss the truth that this first suffering face of love was preparing us to view the face of our Lord?
- It is because of our mother’s suffering for us that God has become the greatest testimony to the cross.
- When we eventually come face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ via simple faith, we are often unaware of who our Lord is and the scope of what is taking on in front of us.
- If you look back into the Bible, you will discover that Adam and Eve had a face-to-face encounter with the Lord in the Garden of Eden.
The Lord was right there, and Adam and Eve were able to see Him for who He truly was.
The man and his wife then heard the sound of the Lord God walking through the garden in the calm of the day, and they took refuge behind the trees of the garden to avoid being discovered by the Lord God.
One of the most crucial topics that is rarely addressed in this literature is who Adam was trying to hide himself from throughout the narrative.
When a connection is broken or estranged, the face of the other person is always the first thing we turn away from.
Instead, we conceal our faces from them, allowing us to stay undetected and anonymous.
The genuine character of the real connection is always shown by the face alone, whether it is one of grace, love, and acceptance, or one of law, scowl, and rejection.
It was that face connection that would eternally define humanity’s relationship with God for the rest of time and all eternity.
It would be foreshadowed in the Bible when the Lord began to reveal His deep work and ultimate aim of restoration to us via the Patriarch Jacob, as the Lord began to show us His deep labor and ultimate goal of restoration.
“Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,” the figure explained, “since you have contended with God and with humanity and have triumphed.” “Can you please tell me your name?” Jacob inquired.
After that, he blessed him at that place.
As a tale and image of what would be the greatest want and aim for everyone who would ever bear the name of Israel as a spiritual identity, it became a powerful symbol of what would be the greatest desire and goal for the entire world.
During the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, the Old Testament returned to the topic of face-to-face encounters with God.
Moses’ connection with the Lord served as a prophetic foreshadowing to the future relationship they would have with the Lord one day, as would all of us who are in Christ, one day.
If the Lord communicated with Moses while Moses was in the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and remain at the tent’s entrance until Moses returned.
The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as if he were a friend with whom he was conversing.
In addition, Moses’ meeting with the Lord face to face was linked to Moses’ status as God’s intimate friend throughout the entire tale.
As we read in John 15:12-15, our Lord was and continues to be our best friend.
There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
If you follow my instructions, you are considered my pals.
You are now my friends, since I have shared all with you that I have learnt from my Father.
As a result, when the Lord Jesus Christ arrived and completed the whole Old Testament, the most significant thing our Lord did was to expose himself to everyone in person for the first time.
“Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us,” Philip said to our Lord in John 14:8-11.
In response, Jesus said, “Don’t you know who I am, Philip, even after all this time that I have been among you?” Anyone who has seen me has also seen the Father, and vice versa.
The words I say to you are not my mine, and I do not have the power to utter them.
As a result, when we see Jesus, we are seeing God face to face.
This is the most serious issue we are still dealing with today.
As a result, our Lord’s first arrival and our face-to-face fellowship with Him offer us with the finest moment of our lives, both in this life and in the world to follow.
That is, by definition, the expression “hope.” We are able to persevere because of such optimism.
However, at the heart of that future desire is not just the hope of one day being in paradise in a new and better world, but also the hope of one day being in a new and better world.
In the hope that we shall have the eternal luxury of looking at our Lord in the same way that we have gazed at our friends, spouses, or children throughout this life.
That gaze between the creator’s face and the face of His redeemed creation is what we were formed for, and it offers us with the most memorable and life-changing moments and experiences.
Our future hope is that our Lord Jesus Christ will grant us the ultimate privilege of life by allowing us to speak with him face to face in the presence of all of creation.
It was the Apostle Paul who expressed that hope in these incredible words in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: “For, behold, the Lord himself will descend from heaven, with a command that will be heard throughout all creation, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” After that, those of us who are still alive and remain will be taken up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, where we shall spend eternity.
As a result, we shall be with the Lord for all eternity.
When our Lord Jesus returns to claim His people, the most prominent feature that will be displayed will be His face looking at each of us.
From Genesis through Revelation, this is the ultimate objective of the Bible.
That concept, and the reality that will soon follow it, is the most magnificent thought that has ever entered the human heart and intellect, and it will be realized.
In addition, may they arouse in us a fire and a burning desire to call out, as the early church did in Revelation 22:20. “Come, Lord Jesus,” the choir sings. Please share this amazing thought with someone you care about!