It seems that whenever faith is involved there is a perceived level of risk as well. We believe in Christ based on the infallible testimony of the scriptures, but we have not “seen“. We are among that blessed congregation of those Jesus spoke of to Nathaniel who “have not seen, yet believed“. We take the revelation of God’s Word combined with the illumination of God’s Spirit and appropriate our faith Christ-ward. We make thousands of temporal decisions based upon our acceptance of this eternal reality. We are undaunted by persecution based on our confidence that – He is there. Yet we must confess – we cannot see Him. Can you imagine how fully our faith will be vindicated when we do see Him?
Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 1:10 that when Jesus returns He will be “glorified in his saints, and… will be marveled at among all who have believed”. The word “marveled” seems to leap on the page doesn’t it? We will marvel at Him. Can you imagine the multitude of saints standing before the risen, glorified Christ in stunned silence as our faith becomes sight? How long will we gaze? What thoughts will flood our minds? What memories will be suddenly and dramatically redefined based on the radical reality of seeing Him on that day? Have you shared in the reproach of the Gospel? Have you lost friends because you have followed an unseen Shepherd? Have you been gossiped about, maligned? Imagine the glory that will suddenly overtake you when you stand among the saints in a holy hush MARVELING in His presence – the dominant thought will be, “It was worth it all.”