“…to His bond-servant John…to the churches…from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, the ruler of the kings of the earth…who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood-” Rev. 1:1b,4,5. NASB.
Imagine with me for a moment. John stands on an island looking out across the sea. He stands alone, the last of the original disciples, the beloved disciple. He turns his eyes toward heaven and tears fill them as longing fills his heart. The words of His Savior ring in his ears, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3. He asks, “How long?” As the words are spoken a stirring in the air immerses him in the Spirit. He turns at the sound of the voice…and he sees Him.
Have you ever peered into the heavens, tears filling your eyes, as you longed for a glimpse of Him whom you have never seen but love? (1Pet. 1:8). One day we will see Him for “…we know that , when he shall appear…we shall see him as he is.” 1John 3:2.
Until then, we see Him through those who are His. “…Which he wrought in Christ…And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” “But we all…beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” Eph.1:22,23; 2Cor. 3:18; John 17:21.
Jesus, also, reveals not only Himself but the Father through the written word of God. The heart longing to see Jesus finds Him in these pages. Reading it opens our eyes to the possibility of seeing Him. Studying it, shows us who He is. Meditating on it, opens our eyes of faith to the fullness of who He is, and brings satisfaction to the longing heart until the next time we meet Him in the pages of His word.
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Ps. 119:18.
If you find this longing for Jesus missing or growing cold in your life, now is the time to remember and renew what brought love for Him into your heart. “We love him, because he first loved us.” 1John 4:19. Remember His love for you and renew it by diving into his word. Start with the gospel of John and revisit John 3:16. Study this book to see Jesus and the Father’s love as the Son walks to the cross. Meditate on His words to hear Him whisper in your ear, “I love you, as my Father has loved me.”
In His word, we hear His voice, feel his touch, and see the picture the word paints of our Savior. But one day soon we will see Him as He is and cry out with John and the thousands, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.Our longing hearts will be satisfied forever as faith gives way to sight.
Praying: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend…the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Eph. 3:17-19.