I will see you again. (John 16:22)
Just hours before he was betrayed and arrested, Jesus gave His disciples a word of great encouragement, promising that He would see them again. He would be crucified, he would die and be buried in a tomb, but He would rise from the grave and see his friends again on the other side of His resurrection.
But that is not the end of “again.” In these words of Christ, we also see the promise of His second coming, when He will finally and fully consummate His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. But even that is not the end of “again.” We also see in His words an “again” without end, for Jesus will see us again and again and again throughout all eternity.
Is it not true that our Lord’s promise to see us again is not only being fulfilled daily, but also moment by moment? Our Lord Jesus Christ has countless “agains” that He graciously bestows on us. Can you not hear His words of forgiveness—again and again and again—as you wander like a sheep away straying from your Shepherd? Can you not hear His words of encouragement—again and again and again—as you face giants of opposition every day? Can you not hear His words of victory—again and again and again—as you overcome the challenges that confront you on your way to the Celestial City? Can you not hear His words of peace—again and again and again—as you face trials, tribulations, and times of great unrest?
There is simply no end to His almighty “again.” If Jesus has been with you once, He is always with you, and nothing can separate you from His love. Regardless of what you might be facing today, you are not facing it alone. Omnipotence is with you and empowering you to “soar on wings like eagles . . . [to] run and not grow weary” (Isaiah 40:31), regardless of the obstacles that stand in your way.
To be sure, we all await that glorious day when the trumpets will sound, the heavens will open, and our Lord will return on the clouds of glory. But until that day, may we be reminded of these wonderful words from the lips of our Lord: “I will see you again”—now and forever more —world without end—amen.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!