Each month we send out a monthly newsletter talking–In Word & Deed– about the going ons in our church. On the front page of that newsletter is a column written by Pastor Don’s wife and office administrator, Kristi. Every month we will be posting her articles so everyone can read them. The following was written for the February 2015 newsletter which can be downloaded at the end of the article.
This Could Be The Year!
Jesus is coming back. W e don’ t know exactly when, but we do know He is coming. I am excited! I don’t know when, but I do know we are a year closer to His coming than we were last year! I want to see God face to face. In order to do that I need to be made able to see God face to face.
When Moses asks to see God’s face, God replies in Exodus 33:20, “You may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” The Apostle John had a hard time explaining what his friend, Jesus, looked like when he saw Him in His glory in Revelation 1:14 and 16b. “His head and his hair were white like wool as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire,,,His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.” John, who had leaned against Jesus at the Last Supper and been called the “disciple whom Jesus loved,” looked into Jesus’ face (as revealed in his vision in the Book of Revelation) and fell down at his feet as dead! (Revelation 1:17) John couldn’t handle seeing Jesus’ face as it really is!
Jesus took hold of John with His right hand (a symbol of authority and strength) and said, ”Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one who dies. Look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” (Revelation 1:17-18) Jesus gave John the strength to look into His face and to stand in His holy presence. One day, Jesus will do that for us as well!
Now, we are of this world. Our bodies are made for this physical earth. One day, we will receive new bodies that are made for heaven and eternity. Then, we will be able to look God in the face! Oh my goodness, can you imagine that? Really?!
God gives us little previews along the way so we have hope. Paul says in I Corinthians 13:12, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” As we will be able to see the Lord directly and clearly in heaven, we will also be able to know as we are known. We will know the Lord to the fullest extent possible for a finite being, similar to the way the Lord knows us! Incredible! We will spend an eternity getting to know our Heavenly Father and Jesus. We will be like Jesus because we will see Him as He is! (I John 3:2)
For now, we see dimly as in a mirror. For now, we live in a world messed up by sin. Creation itself is groaning for release. For now, we live amongst a fallen people. We experience pain, hurt, disillusionment, misunderstandings, sickness and death. But that is not the end. God promises hope. There is a change in store for those of us who take refuge in Him. There is hope in a future with Him. Take a look at Romans 5:1-2, 5 NIV “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God…And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
If you have been justified by faith and have peace with God because you accepted Jesus’ payment for your debt of sin, what a cool future you have to look forward to!
If you would like the complete PDF of this month’s In Word and Deed, you may download it here: February 2015 In Word & Deed.