When Jesus comes in the clouds, will you meet Him in peace?
by Peter Gregory
In the course of your life you will face many important questions such as: What should I do with my future? What school should I attend? Where should I work? Whom should I marry? How should I support my family?
While these questions are important, there is one question that is more important. Revelation 6:17 asks, “The great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” When Jesus comes in the clouds, if you do not have the answer to this question, then all other questions are meaningless.
CLEAN ACTIONS, A PURE MIND
No man has seen divinity face to face and lived. Christ veiled His divinity with humanity so that we could behold Him. This is because the presence of God is a consuming fire to sin.
Yet Jesus has promised that when He returns for His people, they will not be consumed by His presence for they will be “holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27. If we want to meet Christ in peace at His return, the Bible says that we should purify ourselves, “even as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3. King David expressed it this way: “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart.” Psalm 24:3, 4.
What do clean hands and a pure heart mean? Is God looking for physically clean hands and well-manicured nails? No! Clean hands represent pure actions, and a pure heart—pure thoughts.
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to have pure actions without pure thoughts? We need to start with a pure mind, and then godly behavior will follow. Psalm 24:6 tells us how to get this mind: “This is the generation of them that seek Him, that seek Thy face.” If we want to have clean hands and a pure mind, we must seek the face of Jesus.
SEEK HIS FACE
When we seek His face, what will we find? The Bible tells us that in the face of Jesus we find the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:6. We often think of God’s glory as a halo of light, but God told Moses that His glory was His gracious traits of character. See Exodus 33:18, 19. To seek the face of Christ, then, means to behold the character of God.
The Bible promises that as we behold Christ’s character, we “are changed into the same image from glory to glory.” 2 Corinthians 3:18. It is a natural law that by beholding we become changed.
Where can we behold His character? Although we may see Christ in the lives of great people, in nature, and even in parents, teachers, and friends, these still are mere reflections of our Savior. The Bible is the only unerring revelation of God’s character, especially those passages that reveal God through His Son, Jesus Christ. By beholding, by studying, by meditating on the character of God through His Word, we become changed into the same image.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8. Not until we are in harmony with God’s thoughts and desires will we be at peace in His presence, for none can enter into Heaven until he receives a new character through the power of God’s Word.
CUTTING TO HEAL
Revelation 1:16 depicts the Word of God like a sharp two-edged sword, coming from the mouth of Jesus. When we behold His character in God’s Word, that sword will come out and will cut and kill our old nature. See Hebrews 4:12. Although beholding Him may require suffering, there is healing power in His Word. Once the old nature is put to death, we may experience new life in Christ.
At Christ’s second coming, many people will hide “from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne.” Revelation 6:16. If we do not seek His face now, we will not want to see Him at His return. Those who have set their opinions above the Word, who have not allowed the Word to cross their carnal hearts, will be terrified by that face of love and pity.
Do not plan to hide from Jesus. Instead, hide God’s Word in your mind so that you will have His character. James tells us to “receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your soul.” James 1:21.
Who shall be able to stand? Those who have Jesus’ character. When He returns, the righteous will be at perfect peace with Jesus while the wicked will find His presence painful. You may be faithful in your church attendance, but if you have not yet experienced a change in your character, then you have not yet experienced the power of the gospel.
Will you behold Him today? Will you prepare to meet Him in peace? You cannot afford to wait until the second coming to answer that question. Get your answer today.
On that day the earth will shake and the clouds will part; ten thousand angels will descend and a great trumpet will sound, and Jesus will appear in the skies. Then the question will be asked, “Who shall be able to stand?”