The first privilege of being with Christ

Watson WednesdaysWednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from The Sermons of Thomas Watson.

Here we enjoy Christ by letters, and that is sweet; but what will it be to enjoy his presence in glory? Here is that which may amaze us, we shall be with Christ; Christ is all that is desirable: nay, he is more than we can desire. A man that is thirsty, he desires only a little water to quench his thirst; but bring him to the sea, and here he has more than he can desire. In Christ there is not only a fulness of sufficiency, but a fulness of redundancy; it overflows all the banks: a christian that is most sublimated by faith, hath neither a head to devise, nor an heart to desire all that which is in Christ; only when we come to heaven, God will enlarge the vessel of our desire, and will fill us as Christ did the water-pots with wine, ‘up to the brim.’…

Now [of all the privileges of being with Christ,] the first privilege of being with Christ [is]…

Vision…The sight of Jesus Christ will be the most sublime and ravishing object to a glorified saint. When Christ was upon earth, his beauty was hid. ‘He hath no form or comeliness:’ the light of the divine nature was hid in the dark [lantern] of the human: it was hid under reproaches, sufferings; yet even at that time there was enough of beauty in Christ to delight the heart of God. ‘My Elect in whom my soul delighteth:’ his veil was then upon his face; but what will it be when the veil shall be taken oil, and he shall appear in all his embroidery? It is heaven enough to see Christ. ‘Whom have I in heaven but thee?’ There are, saith Musculus, angels and arch-angels: aye, but they do not make heaven: Christ is the most sparkling diamond in the ring of glory.

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