For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
Today’s post is a bit of self indulgence on my part; I could claim it is a bit of testimony I suppose. If you have already scanned the contents of the page you will have guessed this is about the lovely hymn “Face To Face With Christ my Saviour” by Carrie Ellis Beck. It is one of many favourite old hymns, indeed I do not have a definitive list of favourites in this category…it would simply be too long. We sang this lovely hymn at church last Sunday, and while we sang the words sank deep into my spirit filling me with awe of the meeting described. My words cannot fully give credit to the wondrous meeting that will be, when we meet our Lord and Saviour face to face. I really must be honest brethren, the thought of this both thrills me and scares me – can I possibly hold the gaze of Him who has no sin, and knows me more intimately than I know myself? On that day I am sure I will shed tears of joy and shame simultaneously, falling to my knees instantly in repentance and worship.
Dear Reader, meditate on today’s verse and the words of this beautiful sanctified hymn. Allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you, giving you a glimpse of the moment when you meet Jesus. If today was your day to pass from this earth, are you ready to face Him? Do you even know Him? If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you are not ready to face Him. You can change that now by getting to know Him and surrendering your life to Him, start by reading this page.
Carrie Ellis Breck was born 22 January 1855 in Vermont and raised in a Christian home. She later moved to Vineland, New Jersy, and then to Portland, Oregon. She wrote verse and prose for religious and household publications, In 1884 she married Frank A. Breck. She has written between fourteen and fifteen hundred hymns. She was promoted to Glory in 1934. Hymnary.org
1 Face to face with Christ, my Savior,
Face to face- what will it be
When with rapture I behold him,
Jesus Christ who died for me?
Face to face I shall behold him,
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all his glory,
I shall see him by and by.
2 Only faintly now I see him
With the darkened veil between,
But a blessed day is coming
When his glory shall be seen. [Refrain]
3 What rejoicing in his presence,
When are banished grief and pain;
When the crooked ways are straightened
And the dark things shall be plain. [Refrain]
4 Face to face- oh, blissful moment!
Face to face- to see and know;
Face to face with my Redeemer,
Jesus Christ who loves me so. [Refrain]