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!
Only faintly now I see Him
With the darkened veil between,
But a blessed day is coming
When His glory shall be seen. [Chorus]
What rejoicing in His presence,
When are banished grief and pain;
When the crooked ways are straightened
And the dark things shall be plain. [Chorus]
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. [Chorus]
When a group of women and I were on a mission trip to New York City, we served in a number of soup kitchens. We were coached to look each person in the eye as we gave them their food. For many of the people we were serving, the usual response they expected to elicit was avoidance or disgust. They were used to being looked over and stepped over by people walking by them on the street.
Looking someone in the eye is one way of saying, "I see you. You matter to me." Because of God's profound glory, people were unable to look God directly in the eye without dying. Jesus, in his earthly body, changed that. Mary kissed God's face! But we who are living now still long for the pleasure of seeing and touching Jesus. This hymn reminds us that indeed, the glorious day will come when we will all see Jesus face-to-face. O blissful moment!