Two of John’s writings have me imagining a day which is sure to come . . . though I don’t know when or exactly how. But a day, to be sure, that will come. John’s gospel speaks of its certainty. The revelation given to John gives insight as to its wonder. It’s the day when we see Jesus.
In My Fathers house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:2-3 ESV)
Jesus says, Count on it! I have gone to make ready a place for you . . . a place in My Father’s house . . . a place where you will be with Me. And if I go, I will come again.
Kind of puts the here-and-now into perspective . . . an eternal, not of this place, holy, holy, holy, awe-filled perspective. It’s the goal . . . it’s the prize . . . it’s the “gonna be worth it all” culmination of this life. Being with Jesus.
And what will that be like? John, the beloved disciple of Jesus . . . the one who reclined at Jesus side with Him . . . the one who knew Him intimately in His humanity . . . this John, receives a revelation of the risen, glorified, Son of Man in all His majesty.
. . . One like a Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around His chest. The hairs of His head were white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, His feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full strength.
(Revelation 1:12-16 ESV)
What will it be to see the exalted Christ? What kind of sensory overload will our minds try to process as we take in His presence, His countenance, and His radiance? How will our hearts not swell to near bursting as eyes of faith give way to face-to-face recognition of Him who bears the markings of the wounds taken for our transgressions . . . of Him who will show the nail prints and the scars for the chastisement that brought us peace and the stripes by which we were healed (Isa. 53:5). What will it be like when we see Jesus? I can only imagine.
But I’m pretty sure what we’ll do . . .
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. (Revelation 1:17a ESV)
Facedown. Utterly still in His presence. Trying to catch our breath even though all we want to do is shout at the top of our lungs His praise.
We will worship when . . . not if . . . but when we see Jesus.
Won’t that redefine what we think to be glory? I’m thinkin’ . . .