I was at a middle school Volleyball game the other day. Before the game, people were talking, kids running, balls flying and money exchanging hands as spectators paid their entrance fee. There was a lot going on and a lot of noise. But then the national anthem began to play. Suddenly, as if summoned by a higher calling, everyone stopped what they were doing and faced the same general direction. The talking ceased. The running came to a halt. Balls lay in the corner untouched. Those at the entrance stood silently. Many looked toward the flag with hands over their hearts while others stood at attention; but all paid due respect to their country and its flag.
As I gazed around at this inspiring sight I wondered if this is what it will be like when we first see Jesus Christ. Millions are gathered in a stadium talking, running and simply enjoying being together. The noise of one conversation is incomprehensible from another with so much chatter emitting from the stands. Then, suddenly, the majestic music begins to play as the King of Kings enters the arena. Everyone goes silent, their eyes fixed on the one whom they’ve longed to see since the moment of their salvation. Many, who are first timers, fall to the ground recognizing how utterly sinful and unworthy they are before such a holy and righteous God. Others, who have spent time with the Lord in person already stand at attention, ready to hear every word and obey every command. And those white haired veterans from ancient days stand proud with their hand over their hearts or raised in the air mouthing along the words of that glorious hymn: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." (Revelation 4:8).