WHO CAN STAND BEFORE HIM?
Mal. 3:2 “But who can endure the day of His coming?
And who can stand when He appears?
For He is like a refiner’s fire
And like launderers’ soap.
Several yeas ago I went to a performance of Handel’s Messiah. That night had a profound impact on me. For the first time, I took a look at Handel’s life. He was converted in the awakening that rocked England in the 1700’s. After his conversion, Handel locked himself up for several weeks where he had a God encounter that resulted in his masterpiece. I’ll never forget the singer that night singing this verse from Malachi, “Who shall abide the day of His coming?” His deep, strong voice felt like it went right through my body, I felt the terror and joy associated with the coming of The Lord. When He returns, no one will be able to stand before Him. Like John on the Isle of Patmos, we will fall at His feet before His majesty. Here is something Spurgeon said about this verse.
“His life on earth was a winnowing fan, which tried the great heap of religious profession, and few enough could abide the process. But what will his second advent be? What sinner can endure to think of it? He shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. When in his humiliation he did but say to the soldiers, I am he, they fell backward; what will be the terror of his enemies when he shall more fully reveal himself as the I am? His death shook earth and darkened heaven, what shall be the dreadful splendor of that day in which as the living Savior, he shall summon the quick and dead before him? Though a lamb, he is yet the lion of the tribe of Judah, rending the prey in pieces; and though he breaks not the bruised reed, yet will he break his enemies with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. None of his foes shall bear up before the tempest of his wrath, or hide themselves from the sweeping hail of his indignation; but his beloved blood washed people look for his appearing with joy, and hope to abide it without fear: to them he sits as a refiner even now, and when he has tried them they shall come forth as gold.”
Many people have an unrealistic mental image of The Lord, only an encounter with Him for yourself will clear things up. Just as the soldiers approached Christ in Gethsemane and found themselves knocked to the ground by His power, absolutely no one can stand before Him now. Today, Jesus is clothed in power. He is still in a human body, but He is glorified. The Bible says one day every one of us will see Him for our selves. What will that day be like for you?