Where Do We See The Lord Jesus Christ?
In our text the Apostle is talking about seeing Jesus by faith in heaven, upon the throne of glory. But all who see him by faith see him in a multitude of places.
"We see Jesus" IN THE ETERNAL GODHEAD (I John 5:7). He said, "Before Abraham was I AM." He is the Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. "We see Jesus" STANDING AS OUR SURETY IN THE COVENANT OF GRACE, brought up as our Representative,pledging to redeem and save us (Prov. -31). "We see Jesus" in the dawn of time CREATING ALL THINGS BY THE POWER OF HIS SOVEREIGN WILL (John 1:1-3). This Man is the God who created man. He is the One without whom nothing was made. "We see Jesus" IN ALL THE TYPES,SHADOWS,PROMISES,AND PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES (Lk. 24:44-47). Jesus Christ is the One of whom the Book of God speaks. He is the Alpha and the Omega of Holy Scripture. "We see Jesus" COMING INTO THE WORLD IN THE FULNESS OF TIME TO SAVE HIS PEOPLE (Gal.4:4-5). As a man,God came to save! "We see Jesus" OBEYING THE LAW OF GOD AS OUR REPRESENT- ATIVE (Rom. ). By our Lord's obedience to God, he established perfect righteousness for his elect. "We see Jesus" DYING UPON THE CURSED TREE AS OUR SUBSTITUTE (II Cor.5:21). O glorious sight! The Son of God,bearing our sins in his own body on the tree died under the penalty of sin. And by his death he put away all the sins of all his people forever! "We see Jesus" RISING FROM THE TOMB, ASCENDING INTO HEAVEN, EXALTED AS LORD OVER ALL (Heb.10:12-13). Jesus,the Christ, is Lord over all things,all events,all time,all angels, all men, and all devils! He rules the universe in absolute sovereignty, for the salvation of his people. "We see Jesus" THROUGH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL (II Cor. 4:3-7).It is by the preaching of the gospel that Christ is revealed in the hearts of men. "We see Jesus" IN THE ORDINANCES OF THE GOSPEL.Baptism confesses faith in the merits of Christ's death (Rom.6:3-7). The Lord's Supper shows forth his death in the bread and wine, eaten in remembrance of him (I Cor.11:24-26). And "we see Jesus" COMING AGAIN (Rev.1:7). "Behold,he cometh!" Our Lord is coming again in the power of his resurrection glory to gather his own elect (body, soul, and spirit) unto him- self in glory, and to ease himself of his adversaries.