They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. (Revelation 22:4)
What Does God Look Like?
As the teacher walked around the classroom, she noticed a little girl intently drawing on a piece of paper. She asked what she was doing and the little girl said, “I am drawing a picture of God.” “Well nobody knows what God looks like,” the teacher replied. With the innocent face of youth the little girl looked her teacher in the eyes and said, “They will when I get finished.” Indeed no man knows what God looks like. Moses saw the passing glory of the Lord while at Mount Sinai but was told that no one could see the face of the Lord and live. Jesus is the only man who could claim to know what the Father looks like because He was God. Images of God range from an old, white bearded man sitting on a glorious throne to a wrathful creature passing out judgment to a cruel world. Idol worship is based on man’s desire to create an image of God as he sees God to be. A totem is the creation of man to make God like himself. In the end all man has done is form an image of what he thinks God should look like according to his fleshly desires. God is not a relative figure that can be manipulated at the whim of man.
It is clear from scripture that no one knows what God looks like. This does not remove the truth that while in the flesh we cannot know what God looks like the promise is given that one day we will see Him face to face. It is then we will know exactly what He looks like and what a day that will be. According to Jesus, most men will not want to see His Father face to face because there will be no hope for them. Passing into eternal darkness the final image imprinted on their minds will be the radiant beauty of the God they chose to disobey and disbelieve in. For the saints who have died in Christ it will be a time of untold joy and reward. They will look deep into the face of God and feel an immense eternal happiness of His love. His eyes will sparkle with the grace of His mercy and no one will be able to take their gaze away from the radiant light of His presence.
There are many things to look forward to in death but the greatest must be the knowledge that the saved will see God face to face. Pain has gone away, sorrow has been removed and the gentle hand of the Father will wipe away all tears. The music of the eternal ages will echo throughout the temple of God as angels and saints sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” All the trappings of mortality are given up for the spiritual plateaus of eternal joy as the face of God is imprinted on the minds of the saved. His name is sealed upon their foreheads. The children of the Father are home. There is no need for sun because He is the light. Joining the Heavenly realm the Son of God is seen face to face as well as the Holy Spirit. In this life we read of Jesus the Christ but we have never beheld His visage. The Holy Spirit has been a spiritual giant throughout the pages of God’s word but now we speak to him face to face. All of the saints of the ages will be gathered around the Father as we look into the face of God with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Samson, Dorcas, the early apostles and Paul. We will gaze upon the face of God and see Him as He is. What a day that will be when we all will see His face.