Considering Our Future with Christ
Nov 16 – Nov 25
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 11/25/20
When we are united with the Lord in heaven, we will see Him face to face. Can you imagine the emotions of that moment? Can you imagine what it will feel like to see your beloved Lord for the first time?
William Montague Dyke, the son of a prominent member of the British Parliament, was engaged to a beautiful young lady, but young William had never seen the face of his bride. Though he was deeply in love with her, he had no idea what she looked like. When he was young, William had been injured in an accident that resulted in blindness. He fell in love with his beloved bride-to-be because of her voice, her touch, and the kindness of her heart.
After they announced their engagement, one of England’s most prominent eye surgeons approached William and said, “There’s an experimental procedure I have performed a number of times with some success. William, I believe I can help you see again.” William agreed to undergo the surgery, and he asked the doctor to attend the wedding and remove the bandages at the altar because he wanted his first sight to be the vision of his bride coming down the aisle to become his wife.
On the appointed day, William stood at the altar, waiting for his bride, and the surgeon removed his bandages. William looked—and he saw. “At last,” he said as he gazed upon the beautiful, shining face of his beloved for the very first time. “At last!”
When we get to heaven, it will not be the bride but the Bridegroom we will see for the very first time. We have been blind all our lives, seeing through a glass darkly, unable to see the face of our Lord and Savior—but on that day, we will see Him face to face. And John tells us that “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). Our own faces will shine with joy as we say, “At last, at last!”
Are you ready for that day? Jesus said, “Yes, I am coming soon!” (Revelation 22:20). For those who love Him, who eagerly look forward to His appearing, those words are a blessed promise. For those who have not received Him, those words are a warning—and an invitation.
Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Receive Him into your life—and He will receive you into heaven. There is no time to lose. He is coming soon.
Prayer: Jesus, what a hope I have in You. You are my very great reward, and I can’t wait to see You face to face. May my love for You ever deepen as I understand the magnitude of my sin and the overwhelming redemptive power of Your love. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7)