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Daily Bread (More Than We Imagine)

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More Than We Imagine
READ: 1 John 2:28–3:3

We are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him. —1 John 3:2


For decades, astronomical artists have painted scenes of the universe based on a combination of scientific information and their own imaginations. But photographs from robotic space probes and the Hubble Space Telescope have redefined these artists’ view of reality. In a Los Angeles Times article, space artist Don Dixon said the first pictures of Jupiter’s moons Io and Europa “turned out to be much more exotic than anybody imagined.” Dixon now considers 70 percent of his space paintings to be “dated concepts” because reality has become more awesome than imagination.

While the Bible tells us what Jesus said and did, it doesn’t describe how He looked. Our mental picture of Him has likely been influenced by art and illustrations in Sunday school materials. But one day, our image of Christ will be forever changed when we meet Him face to face. “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). That hope will produce in us a pursuit of purity (v.3).

Not only will we see our Lord as He is, but we will also be like Him. What an astonishing reality that will be more than we ever imagined! —David C. McCasland

When Christ returns, we’ll see His face
And be transformed by His good grace;
Hope will become reality—
Much more than we could ever see. —Sper

All that we long to become will find fulfillment in our first look at Jesus.
 

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