Imagine Being Hugged By Jesus ~ blog

 In Daily Encouragement

I love the song “I Can Only Imagine” written by Bart Millard and performed by MercyMe.  It was released in 2001 and I just watched the music video on YouTube and it still brings tears to my eyes.  It captures the indescribable moment when you and I will meet Jesus face to face and what we will feel in the depths of our heart.

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

But let’s imagine that moment for a moment this morning.  Let’s use our imaginations which we have used so often to think in crystal clarity sexual scenes of anything and everything we could possibly desire.  Things that are consuming us as we are consuming them.  Things which rock our brains and bodies with intense pleasure … which like a vapor vanishes and leaves us in a dark and pitiful place.

Yes, that imagination but this time making the object of our thoughts be the greatest scene we will ever experience.  The scene when our soul and spirit leave this earthly piece of trash behind and we are standing before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  That moment when for the first time in our lives we will be looking into the eyes of Jesus.

Let’s imagine that for a moment.  I am going to assume that His eyes are brown or black like most Jewish people.  What will be the expression on His face?  What will I see behind His eyes?  Will they reveal to me what He is feeling and thinking … of does the Son of God have a good poker face?

Let us understand something before we unfold that thought and that is to realize what tremendous changes death will do to us beyond the pain and suffering.  The battle that we have been fighting will be over.  The mortification of our flesh will be truly realized, and our sinful nature or flesh will cease to exist.

We will also be rescued from this fallen world of garbage and taken to a place untarnished by pollutions of the air, land, and sea as we see around us here.  A place where there are no dens of iniquity.  No establishments catering to the flesh.  No crime.  No drugs. No addictions. No sex trafficking. No racism. No fascism. No rage. No violence. No wars or people with guns shooting men, women, and children. All that we hate.  All that is evil and painful and destructive will be gone forever.

No more sickness and disease. No cancer. No Aids. No Ebola or plaques.  No fear. No anxiety. No depression.  No shame or guilt.

Everything that is bad and evil and destructive and painful will be gone forever and left behind us.  Every weight we have ever carried or burden we have ever felt will be lifted forever.

I can only imagine what I will be feeling at that moment when I will not have anything to worry about or be afraid of.  I will be eternally safe in a place without the slightest tinge of evil.  Where there will be no erosion of the soil or the soul.

With all that crap of this present life fading away into a distant memory and feeling freedom like I can never have in this place … I will meet Jesus.  I imagine His arms extended and wide-open welcoming me into His presence.  Not seated on a throne high and lifted up as Isaiah saw. But coming face to face and in the moment before we embrace seeing what I have longed to see my entire life.  His eyes of unconditional love for me.

Not a glimmer of disappointment.  No hidden agenda.  No wait till Our Father gets home.  Absolutely nothing of regret, anger or frustration.  Eyes filled with compassion and love and acceptance.

Then, as we embrace both giving and receiving a long and slow hug, I hear Him whisper into my right ear; “Welcome home my son.”  Welcome to your real life.  Welcome my good and faithful servant.

Every fiber of my soul and spirit will feel completely clean.  And for the first time in my life, I will begin to see the real life that my Father has created me to experience.  Everything will be right, good, and incredible.  And I think it will take a million years to just get over the wonder of that moment.

Surrounded by His glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

See how wonderful it can be to use our imagination for good.  Practice this thinking on things that are … “true … honorable … right … pure … lovely …  of good repute … excellent and anything worthy of praise.  Let our minds dwell on these things.

 

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