What Will Your Reunion with Christ Be Like?
By: Natalie Wiesen
October 27, 2015
I would guess we have all wept upon watching a military dad surprise his kids after being gone for months. I have also cried my eyes out watching a family say a very tearful goodbye at the airport. Whether it is a joyfully tearful arrival or a painful departure, there is something extremely touching about seeing the raw emotion of a deeply loving relationship.
Every time I watch a military dad’s surprise reunion with his family, I get a little Holy Spirit prick that says, “is this what your reunion with Christ would be like if you stood before Him today? Like the deepest of loves being reunited? Do you know Him like that?”
I love imagining what that reunion was like for faithful men in the Bible:
I bet for King David, that reunion was the satisfaction of his deepest desire, for he had said, “The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek the most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in His perfections,” (Psalm 27:4).
I wonder if the apostle Paul fell to his knees in humble love and praise when united with Christ. Having gone from Christian killer to greatest missionary, this guy knew the depths of God’s merciful love and forgiveness that humbles, fills with love, and motivates to good works. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul remarkably says, “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live,” (Philippians 1:21-24). Talk about someone who loved Jesus more than life itself!
For the disciples, I imagine it was a deeply emotional reunion, maybe like best friend soldiers being reunited after an intense war. After grieving the loss of their best friend and living in the darkness of shattered hopes, how amazing must it have been for them to see the risen Lord. Then they knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that He was indeed the Living God Incarnate, Savior, and Hope of the world. After spending their lives in danger and intense persecution spreading the good news, and then dying because of their undivided commitment to Christ and his gospel, death probably felt like a long-awaited, glorious homecoming. As Peter hung on a cross upside down (because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as His Lord), I wonder if rejoicing overshadowed pain as he saw the face of Christ, like Stephen when he was being martyred.
All of these men had one thing in common: Jesus was their treasure; their life. Therefore they were unshakeable, unafraid, bold, and single-minded. That doesn’t mean they never grew weary or got afraid. But their Jesus-obsessed souls were untouchable, “hidden with Christ” as Paul says in Colossians 3. Even if they were wasting away outwardly, they were being renewed day by day inwardly (2 Corinthians 4:16) with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). With Paul, they would all say, “I consider my life worth nothing to me. My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord has given me—the task of testifying to the Good News of God’s grace,” (Acts 20:24). This earth was not their home. As the writer of Hebrews says, “They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth…they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland,” (Hebrews 11:13). They were like Moses who “chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward…[keeping] his eyes on the one who is invisible,” (Hebrews 11:25-27). How I long to be a person like this!
I have been listening to the following song on repeat, usually with tears, because I imagine it as my homecoming song. I imagine joining with the millions of angels and saints in a beautifully redeemed creation singing, “Worthy are you LORD.” And I just know: THIS, THIS IS WHAT WE WERE CREATED FOR. To experience the deepest joy as we forget ourselves and worship God in His beauty. As you listen, I pray you will be blessed and drawn to a deep place of worship. I pray you will consider what your reunion with Christ will be like and that you will draw near to Him.