“And they shall see his face…” (Rev 22:4)
A Shameful Deed
When I was about five years old I remember throwing mud all over the surface of our neighbor’s car. I still remember the moment they came out and saw what my brother and I were doing. Run for cover! At that moment I did not want to see anyones face, especially my parents. I ran into the house and hid under the bed in the darkness. There was something about looking into my neighbor’s and my parents face that would have intensified the shame and brought fear of punishment.
The Holy Face of God
That is but a taste of what it is to look into the face of God. When Moses asked to see God’s face, the reply was “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” God’s holiness is such that even the angels who have no sin still cover their faces in His presence. What does this say about sinful man looking into the face of God. In Revelation 6:15-16 in shows unrepentant sinners getting a glimpse of the face of the Lord. They call to the rocks and the mountain to fall on top of them to hide them from the Holy terrifying gaze of the Lord who comes to judge in righteousness. Some day, before the great white throne, heaven and earth will flee away and there will be no place to hide.
“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:” Rev 6:16
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there wasfound no placeforthem.” Rev 20:11
An Amazing Promise
An amazing statement is made in Revelation 22:4 about the redeemed of the Lord in heaven. It says that “they shall see his face”. How can that be?! Praise the Lord for what Christ has done! The Lord has dealt with sin on the cross, cancelling the sin debt, making us righteous through His blood. There is a future promise that when He returns, that those who have trusted in Him will be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Salvation in Christ qualifies us for heaven. Not because of what we did, but because of what He did for us. He has made us whole again. We shall look into His face without the fear of judgement.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” Matt 5:8
What about you?
Are you hiding from the face of God? The Bible says that those who love the darkness live in fear of the light. They fear the judgement of God, and run from Him. And rightly so, for he is the Righteous Judge.
“For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” John 3:20
There is only one way that a person can escape the coming judgement of God, and that is to look to Jesus and believe on His name. On the cross, Jesus took the wrath of God for sinners. By looking unto Him and placing your trust in what He did for us, our sins can be forgiven. Will you look to Jesus today and be saved?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
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