These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV).
When is Jesus revealed?
It’s the day after Easter; the first Monday of a new era, of a post-resurrection era. Yes, this Easter-thing does happen every year; it has happened for many hundreds of them. Yet every Easter Monday it feels somehow new, a real new year instead of just some arbitrary date in the equinox cycle. It feels new because we’ve spent time focusing on the central event in all human history: when Christ resurrected Himself from our curse of death. He revealed Himself to be exactly who He said He was: God Immanuel.
Jesus is also revealed in the moment when a new believer accepts Him as God and Savior. For some people, that’s today. Especially during this COVID-lockdown, Jesus has revealed His heart to all kinds of new believers. People who had relied on Allah, or the Buddha, or themselves, or a thousand Hindu gods found those were just worthless idols. It’s only Jesus who gives peace even in the worst times, and when a new believer accepts Him for who He is, He reveals Himself in miraculous ways: ways they want to share.
Jesus is revealed in the last days. Many people are looking for signs that these days are the time when the Ancient of Days will come back in the sky to usher in eternity. Maybe that is happening now; maybe not yet. Yet He promised He would reveal Himself then and, because His promises are always the promises of hope, this is one we can only hope for. When it happens, it will be the best – or worst – moment of our lives. What will it mean to you?
And Jesus is revealed when you notice how He has provided you with everything. When you realize your selfishness is so worthless but His selflessness means everything. Especially now, when we seem cut off from the rest of the world; when we’re scared and hesitant and anxious instead of rejoicing. Even during these times, Jesus is the merciful God of grace who provides. We breeze through our lives without even giving notice to what He’s doing. Because you and I have time on our hands, maybe we should stop to consider Him?
Today is the day after Easter and the resurrection is fresh on our minds. Church service or no, the holiday still came. Church service or no, Jesus still rose from death and is eagerly awaiting His time to return and make all things new. To reveal Himself once more. To you.
For further reading: Job 23:10, Psalm 66:10, Proverbs 17:3, Isaiah 48:10, James 1:3, 1 Peter 1:8
Lord Jesus, reveal Yourself again in these troubled days. Let these days of testing end to find me still holding fast to You.