Seeing Jesus: The Happiest-Making Sight
Do you think a lot about heaven these days? Sadly I have to admit its something that rarely crosses my mind. That’s a bit sad when I stop to consider I’ll be spending far more time in heaven than I will on this earth! When I was a kid the thought of heaven actually scared me - white everywhere, angels floating on clouds, singing songs and watching some dudes bow down and throw crowns at Jesus for all eternity… It just seemed weird and boring. On a good friend’s advice several years ago I grabbed a copy of Randy Alcorn’s book “Heaven” (probably the largest book I’ve ever read!!!) and for the first time began to get a very different glimpse of heaven, and the multitude of amazing things that await there for followers of Jesus.
It’s fuel I desperately need as I go through an intense period on my journey through chronic pain. MercyMe’s song “I Can Only Imagine” was a huge hit for good reason - it taps into the deepest longings of our souls. Maybe we don’t understand fully what heaven will be like, but the thought of finally standing before Jesus, seeing our Savior face to face - wow! Now THERE is something that stirs the soul!
Yet I don’t go there very often. Why? I think I get so stuck in my rut of looking down into the muck of the trials and tribulations of this life that I forget to stop and look up. If you’ve struggled with this as well, I understand! Sometimes the pain of this life feels like an eternity that will never end!
For today’s devotional I head back to author and writer Randy Alcorn, who shared a blog entry on his Eternal Perspectives website recently titled “Seeing Jesus: The Happiest-Making Sight.” He starts with this observation from ancient theologians:
Ancient theologians often spoke of the “beatific vision.” The term comes from three Latin words that together mean “a happy-making sight.” The sight they spoke of was God. To see God’s face is the loftiest of all aspirations. But sadly, for most of us, it’s not at the top of our list of desires.
The wonders of heaven itself will not be the best thing there, or even seeing our loved ones again. No, it “…will be coming face-to-face with our Savior. To look into Jesus’ eyes will be to see what we’ve always longed to see: the person who made us and for whom we were made. And we’ll see Him in the place He made for us and for which we were made. Seeing God will be like seeing everything else for the first time.”
Everything will change the moment we see Jesus; we will experience true Shalom for the first times in our lives, and it will last forever! I don’t know about you, but I am without a doubt looking forward to peace and contentment that never ends!!! I can’t wait to know and be fully known, to love, live, explore, create, and share together in the presence of Jesus.
Do you need a break from the stress and pressure of this life? Randy Alcorn has something that might help: Shut your eyes and imagine seeing Jesus for the first time. What a wondrous thought! And what a wondrous promise!