Simeon knew instantly when he beheld It & told the Lord his life was finally complete now that he had seen It. John, the beloved disciple, who had spent years in Jesus’ presence, fell on his face as a dead man after seeing Him face to face in all His glory. King David asked for one thing of the Lord, “that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, and to seek Him in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4) Moses’ face glowed like an alien for days upon days after getting a glimpse of His backside.
“No man ever saw God and lived. And yet, I shall not live till I see God; and when I have seen Him, I shall never die.” – John Donne
Sometimes when we think about Heaven, we get so caught up in what it will look like, who will be there, etc. But in reality, “being with God is the heart & soul of Heaven… God’s greatest gift to us is, and always will be, Himself.” (Randy Alcorn) I love that!! Everything will look different once we have seen Him. We will not just see the reflection of God’s glory around us, but we will see fully! When we look at a beautiful flower, beautiful only because God is beautiful & it has no choice but to reflect its Creator, we will no longer be able to see anything BUT God in it. The delightful, the stunning, the fulfilling, the rewarding, the fun in this life all reflects God now, but then we will see clearly & enjoy fully because we have seen Him. Our propensity to idolize those things now will be erased when sin is striped of it’s power, & we will be free to enjoy God’s incredible creation as it was meant to be enjoyed – to bring Him complete glory. And it will take eternity to give Him all the praise He is due!
In Club this week, we focused on Jesus being the Alpha & Omega, the Lamb that is worthy all through Revelation. (As most of you know, Club this year is focused on sheep: all we like sheep have gone astray, Jesus in our Good shepherd, shepherd boy King David worshiped in the pasture & wrote Psalms, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world, the OT sacrificial system & Jesus’ fulfillment of that, etc.)
This week, I used a lot from Chapter 17 of Alcorn’s book, Heaven, along with Revelation verses on worshiping the Lamb at the end of this age – what we have to look forward to. I sit here at the computer trying to put into “few” words the thoughts from that chapter in conjunction with Revelation, especially 22:3-5, but I just can’t do it. I think it best for you to just grab a copy of Heaven if you don’t already have one, & read chapter 17 this week. It will bless your socks off! The fact that Jesus permanently identified Himself with us when He died & rose again – He is forever God-man!! – blows me away! “God is a lavish giver. ‘He Who did not spare His own Son…’ If we didn’t have Christ, we would have nothing. But because of Christ, we have everything.”
I shared the little story from the end of the chapter about The Blind Boy & the King – powerful! It really puts our salvation & future hope of seeing our Lord face to face in a way even the children can understand & “feel”.
I know, I know. I don’t like to see Sandi sing anymore, either. But she’s the closest one to Mom when she sings it. Nobody sang this song like my momma! Just press play, then scroll your screen down to put Mom & Dad at the top. There. That’s more like it! Beautiful. Sweet memories.