The Feast of All Saints (Observed)
1 John 3:1-3; Matthew :1-12
What We Will Be Has not Yet Appeared
In his first Epistle St. John gave this word of reassurance: “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.”
This is the great hope, the great comfort we have at the Feast of All Saints. What we will be has not yet appeared. But John heard the voice from heaven that said, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on” (Rev 14:13). What we will be has not yet appeared, but for our blessed dead, those who have died in the Lord, what they are has appeared. For them, the Lord has come with the shout of victory. They are at rest with the Lord; they are not dead. As a congregation we celebrate today on this All-Saints Day because Ken and Haran’s membership has been transferred from the Church Militant here on earth to the Church Triumphant. All your loved ones who have died in the faith enjoy the same victory, the same rest, the same bliss of being in the presence of Jesus Christ for eternity. What we will be has not yet appeared, but they now enjoy that for which we long. Thanks be to God!
So, this day is another Easter reminder, similar to what we had a few weeks ago when the Gospel told of Jesus raising the only son of the Widow of Nain. Today the distant triumph song is heard by our ears. We already heard the angelic “Glory be to God on high,” repeated heaven’s alleluias, and soon we will join in the cries of “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Your loved one has gone before you and you just sang with hem and will again. They are not dead, but are in that blessed heavenly chorus. They rest from their labors. But we labor now
But that day has not yet come for you. In this meantime, enjoy what Jesus gives you. He has pulled back the curtain for you like He did for St. John. He has shown you that the dead, your loved one who has departed in the Christian faith in the crucified and risen Jesus is in the kingdom of heaven. They see God as He wipes the tears from their eyes and as He opens his hand to satisfy their hunger and thirst. He is their covering that blocks them from the sun and scorching heat. He id their shepherd who carries them in His nail-pierced hands forever.
Beloved, we you God’s children now, and what you will has not yet appeared; but what the dead in the Lord are is revealed to them and known by them, and sin God’s good timing and by His great mercy it is and will be yours forever when you see Him as He is.