And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-5)
Our Father Which Is In Heaven
My earthly father died in 1989. Mom followed a year later. Father’s Day is a day I miss seeing my dad and smelling his musk he liked to wear as he opened the presents we would get him. I enjoyed 32 years with my dad. He was not a preacher nor the son of a preacher but he left a legacy in me that I treasure. I was blessed to be the son of two godly parents who loved the Lord and did their best in difficult times with few nickels to rub together. I miss my father. The older I get the more I miss my heavenly Father. I have never seen Him face to face but I know one day I will be able to do that. The amazing part of meditating on the word of God is how much clearer the image of His face becomes. Even then, it is such a whisper of a face that I think about. I am certain that when I see Him face to face it will be nothing as I have imagined.
John’s revelation reveals the joy of being in the presence of the Father. We will see the face of the Father. No one has seen God at any time save His Son. Imagine that. From Adam no man has seen the face of God. Moses came close but not really. The passing glory of the Lord is so intense no human could withstand its might and power. Blessed with eternal life is the knowledge that we will be able to stand in the presence of the Almighty Lord God and peer deep into the eyes of a loving Father. People often have such a distorted view of heaven. They may comment on how boring it will be to just sit around ‘playing harps’ and ‘floating on clouds.’ This is such a carnal view of what the glory of eternal life will be. I believe it is safe to say that standing before the presence of God will be an experience that we will not be able to take our eyes off of His face – forever! His name will be on our foreheads and we will be glorifying His name. What a joy that will be.
Our eternal Father’s day will be a place where there is no curse, no sin, no pain, no sorrow and no death. All the saints will gather around His throne in the eternal glory of His majesty and worship His name as we behold His face. What a day that will be when our Savior we shall see. His image will be clearly before us. His love will pour in our hearts. Everlasting joy will consume our thoughts as we bask in the sight of seeing our Father face to face. In the hope of redemption, my earthly father will be there along with my mom. As much as I miss them both it is my eternal Father that I cannot wait to see face to face. His glory will be so amazing. Don’t you miss Him already?
Heaven at present is out of sight, but in due time, as snow melts and discovers what it lay upon, so will this visible creation fade away before those greater splendors which are behind it. (John Henry Newman, Parochial and Plain Sermons, 4, 1843)