Face-to-face with Jesus
As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you see Christ's glorious face and feel His powerful touch!
His Countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
There are so many pictures of Jesus in our minds. From Sunday school lessons to The Jesus Movie, we have countless images that float by us in life. God's Word gives us the only exact picture of Christ's face in the entire universe.
As the apostle John prayed and adored God through His Son, Jesus Christ, he heard a sound and turned--it was Jesus! But it was not the Jesus he was used to seeing, or that we think of in pictures and movies. It was the real Lord Jesus Christ.
First, John saw Jesus' eyes, which were as flaming fires penetrating like laser beams. Then he heard the voice of Jesus, thunderous and big, bigger than anything on earth. After that he saw His face of glory shining "like the sun"--and it changed John's life!
One of the most amazing statements in the Bible is the last five words of Genesis 1:16: He made the stars also. In that short sentence God describes what scientists cannot comprehend-the limitless expanse of the rest of the universe. Jesus put some of those stars in spiral galaxies, some of them in beautiful filmy nebulae, and others of them in clusters of galaxies. Then he made one hundred billion stars just in our own Milky Way Galaxy. "He made the stars also" reads almost like a postscript.
Among those many stars, our sun is an average "yellow" star. It is in the middle as far as size, temperature, and brightness. As you read this, think of what it must have been like for John to see Jesus' face shining "like the sun".
How hot is "16 million degrees centigrade"? A piece of the sun the size of a pinhead would kill you one hundred miles away because of the heat radiating from it! The energy radiated from the sun in one second is more than all the energy used on the earth since Creation!
So, on a Sunday, 1,900 years ago on Patmos--a barren speck of rock just sixteen miles square and fifteen miles from nowhere in the Mediterranean Sea--John heard a voice and turned and saw the face of Jesus shining like the sun! And what did that do to him? It flattened him: When I saw him, I fell at His feet as dead (Revelation 1:17).
What happens when a person comes face-to-face with Christ in all His power and glory? It smites us with an overwhelming sense of our humanity: our fallen nature and our weakness. Do you remember Isaiah's response when he saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and heard the seraphim crying out: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!" (Isaiah 6:3)? He said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! . . . for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts" (Isaiah 6:5).
A face-to-face encounter with Jesus Christ cannot help but strike us with His majesty and His glory. As His creatures, we would want to respond by worshiping Him, and that is exactly what John does. Have you met Jesus face-to-face? Have you responded in heartfelt worship? A genuine encounter with Jesus Christ is life changing!
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