God's word is marvelous. It reveals to us the inexpressible
marvels of heaven. As a child I thought what a privilege the disciples had to be
physically present with the Lord. They heard Jesus speaking about the mysteries of heaven,
and saw His miracles. But now we experience the blessing that Jesus mentioned to Thomas,
'blessed are those who believe though not having seen' (John 20:29). We also now have the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit with us continually. And we can experience Jesus Himself
indwelling us, so our privilege is much greater!
In verse 8 we read, "Whom having not
seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy
unspeakable and full of glory".
There was a Muslim woman all the way from Iran who visited us
here. She shared her testimony. She had a very ill child and she prayed to Allah to heal
her child, but he didn't get better. Then she prayed in Jesus' name and the child got
well. Then she searched about Jesus in a dictionary and decided that she was going to
serve Him from then on. As she walked in her town she saw two men whom she instinctively
knew were Christians and she stared at them as though they were angels. She watched them
closely to see how they conducted themselves. Eventually she came here to KwaSizabantu and
shared her testimony with us. To her Christians were like angels.
How do people perceive you? Is Jesus more than just a name to you?
Do you experience Him as our text says with joy unspeakable and full of glory? Do you know
this joy which is eternal? We read of Moses that he chose the suffering with the children
of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (Heb 11:25). The world's joy
is like a bubble which glistens so beautifully in the sun but when you touch it it pops
and all its beauty is gone. The pleasures of sin is just an illusion, like a mirage in the
In verse 10 we read, "of which
salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace
that should come unto you"
The prophets prophesied about our Saviour, His suffering, death
and resurrection and the great joy afterwards and enquired what it meant, but it was hid
from them. God hid it from them only to be revealed at the proper time when Jesus came.
His suffering wasn't just the physical suffering He experienced,
but also the suffering because of your and my sin. But He saw the result of His suffering,
that many would be made righteous, and was satisfied (Is 53:11). He saw you and me. Even
on the Cross He cried, 'My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?' It was because of your
and my sin that God the Father forsook Him!
If we do not turn to Him after all that He had done our
condemnation will be worse than the heathen that never heard. We read how the angels
rejoiced and spoke together glorifying God (Luke 2:14), when He was born. Imagine the
great rejoicing in Heaven when He ascended again to heaven. What do the angels see in you?
Can the Father in Heaven say that He doesn't regret the work His
Son had done for you? Can God and the angels see the glory of Jesus in your life? If you
are not touched and changed by this, it's a tragedy.
May the glory of the Lord be seen in you.