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2 Corinthians 5:6-8
Dianne Wilkinson wrote a beautiful song about the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The chorus goes like this:
“We shall see Jesus, just as they saw Him
There is no greater promise than this
When He returns in power and glory
We shall see Jesus, we shall see Jesus, just as He is.”
She summarized His life in the verses -
“Once on a hillside, people were gathered hoping to see Him, as thousands were fed.
He touched the blind eyes, healed broken spirits; He moved with compassion,
While He raised up the dead.
Once on a hillside, people were gathered watching as Jesus was crucified.
No one showed mercy, to the one who had healed them;
Yet, Jesus loved them, as He suffered and died.
Once on a hillside, people were gathered, for Jesus had risen and soon would ascend.
Then, as He blessed them, He rose to the heavens and gave them His promise
To come back again.”
Based on the angel’s words recorded in Acts we believe “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). However many of us will see Him before that. The hope of the Christian is to stand in His presence when we die. In fact the Paul the apostle, puts it this way ”As long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord….we are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).
Recently a friend said regarding her diagnosis “The worst thing that can happen is that I will see Jesus.” What joy is in that thought! What will it be like to actually see Him face to face? Of course we sense His gentle presence in our lives here on earth, day by day, but we who have been so confined by time and space, will actually be able to put our finger in the print of the nails in His hands. His resurrection body was very real. Although there was a supernatural element to it that enabled Him to suddenly appear in a room, He invited doubting Thomas to touch Him, to test the reality of His presence (John 20:26-27).
Probably our first response to His presence will be to fall on our faces before His majesty, but just think – we will have all eternity to experience the words of another hymn:
“And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever know!”
I will see Jesus one day. Will you? Awesome!
While waiting for that day, are there times here on earth when His presence has been almost tangible? How did that feel?
Will you allow yourself the necessary solitude to enjoy meeting with Jesus, face to face today?