Acts 7:55,56 – But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

This moment could be said to mark the beginning of a new season in the Christian faith. Christianity, before this, was a Jewish sect effecting a portion of Israel; this would be the beginning of a world wide surge of the gospel. Saul’s conversion and him becoming the ‘Apostle to the Gentiles’ came out of this moment. Steven stood in the midst of resistance that would end in his death and gazed literally into heaven. Steven was said to be full of the Holy Spirit, apparently what was on him spread quickly at his death. In a matter of a few years the world was being impacted by the results of his testimony. Here is how Maclaren describes it.

“That vision is a transient revelation of an eternal fact. Jesus knows and shares in all that affects His servants. He stands in the attitude to help, and He wields the power of God. He is, as the prophet puts it, ‘the Arm of the Lord,’ and the cry, ‘Awake, O Arm of the Lord!’ is never unanswered. He helps His servants by actually directing the course of Providence for their sakes. He helps by wielding the forces of nature on their behalf. He ‘rebukes kings for their sake, saying, Touch not Mine anointed, and do My prophets no harm.’ He helps by breathing His own life and strength into them. He helps by disclosing to them the vision of Himself. He helps even when, like Stephen, they are apparently left to the murderous hate of their enemies, for what better help could any of His followers get from Him than that He should, as Stephen prayed that He would, receive their spirit, and ‘so give His beloved sleep’?”

If Steven was at the beginning of God’s world wide outpouring, we are at the end. The final chapter of the book of God has begun, the great day of the Lord is upon us. Today we join with Steven and gaze into heaven. I believe Jesus is beginning to stand, His glory is pouring into all of the earth.

1 thought on “WHEN YOU SEE JESUS”

  1. Cynthia Potier

    “He stands in the attitude to help, and He wields the power of God.“

    Thank you for sharing this with us

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