Blessing in the Beholding

Promise fulfilled already! I’m only eight verses in. And what the Word says would happen, has!

Began reading Revelation this morning, the book with a promise (1:3). Blessed, it says, is the one who reads aloud the prophecy (I’m claiming the promise for those who read it silently too). Blessed are those who hear it. Blessed are those who keep it. How come? For the time is near. And whatever else might lie in this promised blessing, just to be quiet for a few minutes, and be reminded that the time of Jesus’ return draws near, is a source of calm, anticipation, and extreme joy.

Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so. Amen.   (Revelation 1:7 ESV)

Amen AND Amen!

Behold! See! Have a look! Close your eyes and imagine His coming with the clouds.

He is the One who said to His disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled . . . In my Father’s house are many rooms . . . 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” (read that too this morning in John 14:1-3). See Him. He who is “the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth,” coming to receive His own (1:5a).

Behold Him and know again that He “loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood” so that He might make us a kingdom of priests to His Father (1:5b). He is coming with the clouds. It’s going to happen.

And in just that brief reflection, there is blessing. In just that reminder, heaven’s wind of calm descends to still, if but for a moment, any raging sea we might know within. To just turn our eyes to the sky and consider, “Perhaps today!” has a way of re-energizing the inner man, of rekindling the hope, of renewing the faith.

I remember, somewhere in the distant pass, someone saying that the church is never more alive than when it lives under the shadow of the imminent return of Christ. Even if He doesn’t come in our lifetime, just knowing He really could has a way of putting a bounce back in our step, a light back in our eye, and a hunger back in our belly for the things of the kingdom. Knowing that every eye will see Him increases the desire for our eyes to see Him. It elevates the anticipation of that day when we will see Him face to face. When faith gives ways to sight. When we shall behold Him!

Revelation’s a book with a promise. A promise fulfilled, at least in part, within the first couple of paragraphs because it shifts our focus. From ourselves to His glorious appearing. From our circumstance to His coming kingdom. From our horizontal world to His vertical reality.

There’s blessing in the beholding.

Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.   (Revelation 1:4b-6 ESV)

Behold He is coming! To Him be glory indeed!

 

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