Good to See You
“I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.” 3 John 1:13-14
Texts and emails are nice. Personal, handwritten letters are great. But let’s face it, we’re made for face-to-face interaction.
Take me and my best girlfriend—my sister, Julie. After decades of living nearby, we now use phones to bridge the 150-mile gap between us. But phones can’t convey subtle non-verbals and complex emotions, all the things sisters share and pick up. We’re refreshed just being together again. Just last week we met at a mall. We exchanged shoes, laughs, and small talk. Before we drove off I quipped, “That was short, but it was good to see you!”
“It was good to see you!” I say that a lot. Maybe it sounds cliche. But it’s full of love and meaning when it comes to Julie, and each of my friends when we get together.
Longing to Be With Jesus
This has got me thinking about Jesus. He’s obviously more than my Friend, but not less (John 15:14). We aren’t separated, like Julie and me, because through the Spirit, the Father and Son abide in me (John 14:23). I’m grateful God is always attentive even to my small talk, answers my prayers, and offers sweet communion. But I want more—I’m made for more. I want to be with him, face to face.
For years I’ve been curious about the reality of meeting Jesus. I would sometimes daydream of what it’s like in his presence, feeling in a way homesick for Heaven. I’d sketch my ideas. Once I made a poster, drawing Jesus top and center (copied from a painting in my parents’ living room). With a purple marker and my neatest cursive I wrote out song lyrics and verses, all with the theme of being in God’s presence. Of course the real living Jesus is far more beautiful, powerful, and fearfully divine. However imperfect my image, it helped me imagine seeing my Friend’s face.
As an adult, I still picture meeting Jesus, just less often, sadly. The blessings and challenges of marriage, parenting, home, church –life!— it all takes time. Ringtones and Facebook call for my attention. Among all the activity and distractions of life my heart eyes can be so dull to his vivid beauty. I’m often too banal, bored, and busy to linger very long with Jesus. Meanwhile the Bridegroom is not too busy, blaise, or disappointed in me. He pursues me. In Christ, God sets his love on me, making me clean and wedding ready.
Jesus Longs to Be with Us
In the Bible, prayer, and worship I get glimpses of God’s view of me—he loves me! I’m repeatedly surprised that the Hero picked me as part of his Bride. What great news: it’s not only me wanting to see Jesus, he really wants to be with me—and you! Hear the Lord’s passionate longing in John 17:9,24: “I am praying for them… those whom you have given me, for they are yours... Father, I desire that they… may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me...”
Consider it, Jesus is looking forward to being with you. The Trinity teams with excitement as the marriage supper of the Lamb approaches. God has planned out our union. He’s unstoppable. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [Nothing] in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39). Look how Jude 1 describes us: “beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ” assuring us God “is able to keep [us] from stumbling and to present [us] blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.” This is no casual friendship. This is deep, mutual love! “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). Jesus prophesied, promised, and personally purchased us for eternity with him by his own shed blood. Jesus passionately wants to be with us.
It Will Be So Good to See You!
Lord Jesus, we are really looking forward to Heaven. Soon our pain, sickness, and grief will be over. All the world’s conflicts, injustice, and effects of sin will be ended, and Satan destroyed. We’ll be reunited with our loved ones in Christ. You’ll reveal ways you orchestrated our pain and suffering for good that we never imagined. We will joyfully declare the results worth it and maybe recall a song from the old days, It will be Worth it All When We See Jesus.
God, in that day, we will glory in all your marvelous deeds and revel in the now incomprehensible paradise you prepared for us. But you will be the Heaven of heaven to us. You will be the one we most want to see. Only you satisfy our souls. What a joy to see your beauty and majesty face to face and worship you with no distance between us. It will be SO GOOD to SEE YOU, forever!
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Pam Bloom is a Minneapolis homemaker, happily married for nearly 30 years to her high school crush Jon, mom to two adult children and three teens. She has served in a variety of capacities since her family joined SGC in Y2K.
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