Can You Imagine?

I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk, by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When you face is before me
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
 
Surrounded by You 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
 
I can only imagine when that day comes
When I find myself standing in the Son
I can only imagine when all I would do is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
by MerceMe, contemporary Christian music band

How many times do you daydream about what something would be like.

As a child you might imagine going to Disney World.  Seeing all your favourite characters.

Or a young adventurist going on a white rapid ride.

Maybe your about to retire. 

But can you imagine what the ultimate dream would be…

Spending Eternity with Jesus! 

 

Can you imagine getting to eat all that the tree of life can offer.  The twelve fruits show that there will be a constant abundance, sufficient to fill all the needs of the redeemed throughout eternity and will yield fruit every month, giving a variety of flavors for the enjoyment of God’s people. In Ezekiel 47:12,  “Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”  Revelation 22:2  This also shows God’s character of love in that He provides good gifts in variety to His people Luke 6:44-45.   The leaves provide a shade for them symbolizing that they will suffer no more under the oppression of this world, but may rest in God’s peace together as His people.  All the nations represented there will be “healed” of their divisions and strife in their equal access to the tree of life.

Can you imagine not being hurt again by someone, or suffering in pain physical or emotional.  Can you imagine not crying, but laughing and being joyful all the time.  

Revelation 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Can you imagine sitting at Jesus’ feet learning first hand all the knowledge and wisdom He can impart.  We could ask every question we ever wanted an answer to. 

Luke 10:38-42  “Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.  But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”  And Jesus answered and said to her,  “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”  

 

Mary sat at Jesus feet learning all that He had to teacher her, while Martha ran around like a chicken with her head cut off worrying about all she had to do while Mary just sat there.  Jesus was pleased with Mary. 

I want to be like Mary.

 

Can you imagine living in a mansion.  What is a mansion?  The dictionary calls a mansion a stately home.  Most of us can’t afford a house called a mansion.  They are only for the rich.

John 14:2  Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”   God the Father has a house big enough to give us all ample room with Him in heaven.  It will be an ideal home.  We won’t each have a “mansion” as described by the rich, but it will be a room with everything we will ever need.  The simplest explanation is best: My Father’s house refers to heaven, and in heaven are many rooms, many dwelling-places. The point is not the lavishness of each apartment, but the fact that such ample provision has been made that there is more than enough space for every one of Jesus’ disciples to join him in his Father’s home.

 

When I was young my Grandmother used to say to me, “Gold and silver have I none, but all I have I give to thee.”  I didn’t know that it came from the bible.  I just knew that whatever she had she would give to me, be it food, clothing, a home to live in. 

She was like Jesus…because that’s what He offers us, for all our lives now and for eternity.  We won’t need gold or silver, but we do need the love Jesus has to give us, and, for us it is sufficient.

When I first heard this song, I instantly thought of what will it be like to be with Jesus. 

In his presence, day in and day out.

Right now I can only imagine. 

But one day I will know!