Dear PRCW members and readers of this post: It’s been a while since we have met face to face. We see each other and our loved ones on screens through our personal interactions on Zoom or Skype. In this heightened time of social media, there have been some very some creative ways for communicating. Technology has helped with emailing, texting, messenging, facetiming, etc.. Then there is the amazing, old fashioned technology, thanks to the Scot Alexander Graham Bell, which may still sit on your desk, or in your kitchen, where you press a series of buttons with numbers, wait for a dial tone and then hear someone’s voice on the other end.
Live streaming Sunday services or pre-recording them has helped the church around the world to stay connected. It is capable to carry out the ministry of the Word. But it has its limits. Aside from the lagging and other buffering issues, the biggest draw back is that lack of personal interaction. You see me, but I don’t see you.
Sometimes you don’t realize what you’re missing until it is taken away from you. We long for that time to see face to face.
Heaven is described as a face to face experience in Revelation 21.
First heaven is a place of perfection. Verse 2 says, “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
Secondly heaven is a place where God dwells. Verse 3 states “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”
Thirdly heaven is a place erased of the curse. Verse 4 – “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Fourthly heaven is a place where all are made new. Verse 5 – “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Fifthly heaven is a place where thirst is quenched. Verse 6 – “And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
And sixthly heaven is a place of inheritance. Verse 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” So says the Word of God.
The New Jerusalem is a place of great joy for those who believe in Jesus, both now and forevermore.
We long for face to face connection with the saints now. That’s because our Sunday gatherings are a foretaste of eternal fellowship in glory. You may be looking forward to worship together, to get together for fellowship, to see people in person. More importantly, though, are you longing for that face to face time with Lord – now and especially in eternity?
What a day that will be when Christ comes again and gathers together all His people to Himself! As one poet put it:
“From North and South, and East and West,
The sorely tried, the much oppressed,
Their Faith and Love to manifest,
They come to tell of work well done,
They come to tell of kingdoms won,
To worship at the Great White Throne,
In noble consecration,
With a sound of jubiliation,
They come, they come! [John Oxenham]
Pastor Rich Anjema