When I perform weddings, I always glance over at the groom’s face when his bride enters the door. It’s the look of love and joy. It’s because of their relationship, because she is known and loved by him.
Most of us know what it’s like to feel excitement and anticipation when a good friend or loved one we haven’t seen for a while is coming for a visit. We say,”I can’t wait to see her!” because of how valued, important and loved she is to us.
Longing for the One who loves us
We will cultivate deep love and joy at the thought of seeing our Savior only as we grow in our love for Him. We grow in our love for Him when we think often and deeply on the fact that we can only love Him because He first loved us (I John 4:19).
Presently, I live “by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
And the One “who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us” (Revelation 1:5), also promised, “I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3).
We will grow in a love for our Savior and our longing to see Him, when “we know and rely on the love God has for us” (I John 4:16), a love for us in Christ that is so great and secure that nothing can separate us from it (Romans 8:38-39),
Love is satisfied with the sight of the One loved.
Although we only see Christ now by faith, ‘only a reflection as in a mirror,’ at His coming, we will Him “face to face” – “then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
- “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,..” (I Peter 1:8).
With the Psalmist, we say to our Lord, “When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied” (Psalm 17:15).
“There is in store … the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award … to all who have longed for (agapaó – love) his appearing”(II Timothy 4:8).
Training our focus
- Philippians 3:20-21 – “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body”
- II Corinthians 4:16-18 – “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
- Colossians 3:1-2, 4 – “Since, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. … When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
Perhaps the Father will turn to the Son today and say, “Go get your bride and bring her home.”
Then the prayer of Jesus will be answered, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world” (John 17:24).
Longing for Christ’s coming,