We Shall See Him
1 John 3:2
November 1st & 2nd, 2008
One of the most heart wrenching
sights is to see a young man, and now young woman go off to war, and say that
final good bye to their family. Approximately
1.5 million Americans have served in the
Today on this All Saints Day, we live with Jesus certainly among us in Word, and through the Holy Spirit, yet we know that were not to our homecoming quite yet. However, there are those that are, those who have met Jesus face to face, and like that family member that is reunited with that long last relative, there is joy utter joy.
Our text starts out by saying “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God.” Let’s spend some time on this, before we get again to that grand reunion. John is amazed, and awed, that he could be called a child of God. It is that same wonder John the Baptist had when Jesus comes to him for baptism. In which he said “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the Word.” Or the awe of the disciples after Jesus calmed the storm. “What manner of man is this that even the wind and sea obey him”. He is not talking about us being children of God simply because he has created us, but rather children because we are believers in him. “yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor a human decision or a husbands will, but born of God” (John 1: 12-13) . To a certain extent though, we have difficulty being thought of as children. We are told to be independent leaders, authorities in our own worlds. Being a child implies relying on someone else. In a very real sense, we cannot escape being children. If I were to go back to where I grew up, I would not be Stephen Krenz, but to many I would always be Neil and Dianne’s boy. Like it or not, I am who am because of them. (I must say here that is not a bad thing) Jesus asks us to be like children, not childish, but to have child like trust. In Matthew 18 Jesus says that those who humble themselves as a child are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus found in children a trust, a dependence, a belief in who he was and what he is doing. Yet, to be a child of God, means all the privileges of being connected to this God. For example a child of God has an inheritance, a “Place with many rooms”, a vacation home of sorts. God’s children get to dine with him at the table, and he pays for the drinks. He cleans and washes the clothes for his children, and unlike our parents, he truly does have, and always will have the best in mind for us.
All of these gifts, still come through mail of sorts. They come through words, through letters (the bible), they come to us through the Holy Spirit. Yet there is more to come, for what we will be, has not been completed as of yet. But it’s coming, its coming.
Oh he is coming, and oh will the homecoming be great. For there our risen Savior has promised never will we hunger. The Lamb, Jesus Christ, will be our visible, and very real shepherd, eh will guide us to springs of living water, and he will wipe, all by himself, he will wipe every tear from our eyes. He is the one who says blessed are you poor, for yours in the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you who mourn for you will be comforted.
This past year, we have had 11 blood bought souls, who were made pure by the blood of the lamb. They have had a homecoming of sorts, for they have met the one who loved them and gave themselves for him. For many here today, your heart breaks, because you miss your loved one so much. You’re like that war bride at home on the war front, only all you have is memories, and no new updates. Yet, your homecoming is being planned, and while we don’t know the exact day, it will be something else. For then you will see him as he is. Amen.