the Presence of Christ
"God is spirit, and
those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
God is absolutely free from
all limitations of space and time. God’s essential nature is spirit.
It is with that truth in
mind we would see Jesus with the apostle John in Revelation 1:17 ff. “God is
spirit.” He cannot be imagined, and we cannot use anything to help our
conception of Him. Nothing that can be made, seen, or touched can help us
worship a spiritual and invisible God.
The LORD God dwells in
unapproachable light, the very God of very God, even Jesus Christ our Lord and
Savior. To see the face of our Lord Jesus and enjoy His holy love is to stand
in the sun.
John saw Jesus, “the Sun of
Righteousness” (Mal. 4:2). And His face was like the sun shining in its
strength" (Revelation 1:16b). "When I saw Him, I fell at His feet
like a dead man” (Revelation 1:17b).
It reminds us of the
transfiguration of Jesus when “His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment
was white as the light” (Matt. 17:2).
John saw in His vision the
risen, glorified, and exalted Son of God as our Priest – King reigning in
glory. Jesus Christ is our Lord of glory.
It is very significant in
this context that the titles applied to The Risen Jesus are Old Testament
descriptions of God.
At the beginning of His
revelation to the apostle John, Jesus revealed Himself in majestic glory. He is
seen “high and lifted up, exalted as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
No sinful man can stand
before the Lord and live (cf. Acts 26:13-14). The apostle John says, "When I
saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me,
saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last" (Revelation 1:17). Jesus in His grace reached down, laid His right hand on John and said,
"I am the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I
have the keys of death and of Hades" (Revelation 1:18). It is a
revelation of the absolute Godhead.
In the scriptures everyone
who truly saw God were filled with fear (Isa, 6:5; Dan. 10:8-9, 8:17; Ezek.
1:28; 3:23; 9:8; 43:3; 9:8, 43:3; 44:4; Jud. 13:22; Job 42:5-6). Those who are
brought face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ are terrified because they
realize their sinful unworthiness to be in His holy presence.
Oh, that you and I be so
changed by dwelling so near to Christ that His holy presence would so shame and
humble us that we would fall upon our faces and cry, “Unclean! Unclean!” "He
touched my mouth with it and said, ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; and your
iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven’” (Isaiah 6:7).
There is no greater glory
than to behold the face of Jesus Christ. His own countenance is the center of
Just to think that He loved
us so as to die for us is a surpassing glory of love and grace. His countenance
is set toward you and me today. When you see such glory and splendor of the
love of God in Jesus Christ, you can never be the same ever again. The glory of
God in the face of Jesus Christ will be brighter than a thousand suns.
Let Jesus Christ shine in
your heart, and you will love as no man or woman loves. When the Lord our
Righteousness comes, He brings healing in His wings. No sin can ever be in His
presence. In His healing we are made strong and pure. “Let the Lord show His
presence and we have reached the Height of our desires,” Spurgeon said.
What if the risen,
glorified Lord Jesus were to manifest Himself as He really is in all of His
unveiled majesty today? One glorious morning He will. Oh, that it were today!
It was C. H. Spurgeon who
said, “He holds Himself in reserve until we are prepared to receive the amazing
bliss of His glorious manifestations…Oh, cry to Him to show Himself to you… Oh,
for such a vision as should shape my life, my thought, my whole being till I
become like my Lord! Oh, to see Him so as to be changed into His image from
glory to glory!”
"But we all, with unveiled
face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into
the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit" (2
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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