The Big Reveal

by Rebecca Price Janney

Don’t you just love a good makeover story? You’ve probably watched many shows in which a couple buys a derelict house with a jungle-like yard because a team of experts promises to turn this nightmare into a dream home. The professionals go to work, relentlessly tearing down walls and ripping out cabinets. They load dumpsters, spackle, paint, roof, rebuild, and replant. At the end of the show, the couple stands before a huge “before” photo of their house, and when the makeover gurus slide the rolling billboard away, the husband and wife leap into the air, screaming and crying when their once dilapidated house is revealed to be the nicest on the block.

There are other shows in which individuals, who seem barely acquainted with a comb or brush and think wearing sweatpants to a wedding is appropriate, encounter fashion consultants who triage the woman’s wardrobe, casting most of it into a trash can. They take her shopping for clothes to complement her body type, then hair and makeup stylists go to work. In the end, they turn the woman around in a salon chair to reveal her new and incredibly beautiful self.

Even if we live in clean houses and our clothes/makeup don’t require an intervention, most of us know there’s a better us hidden under layers of lingering sin and distorted ideas about ourselves. Those things may have sabotaged our relationships or cut our potential short. We long to be free, to have Jesus toss out our personal rubbish.

As a matter of fact, Jesus has already begun to do that, to give us an amazing makeover. When we put our trust in Him to save us from our sins, we became God’s very own children, a new creation, and we started to bear the Family resemblance. This divine makeover doesn’t end in our lifetime, however. It is an ongoing-process that continues throughout our lives and will culminate with the Lord’s Second Coming. First John 3: 2 (ESV) says, “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.” 

What exactly will we look like when our grand reveal happens? Many people believe our transformation results in us becoming angels. You hear it all the time; someone dies, and others say, “Heaven has gained a new angel.” This is a false idea, however, because Scripture shows us angels are a separate race of beings from humans.  

So, if we don’t become angels, what will we be like at the culmination of our heavenly makeovers? John, the author of this letter, didn’t speculate or try to describe this future condition. Just that we will be like Jesus. And what was He like? Perfect in every possible way, beautiful beyond anything we know here on earth. Flawless. Reflecting the glory of our awesome God.

For now, as we live on the expectant edge of eternity, the divine makeover process is underway. We can wait with eager longing for that grandest of all reveals, when Jesus rolls back the clouds and returns in all His splendor, and gazing upon Him, we will be completely, utterly transformed.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: DR. REBECCA PRICE JANNEY is the author of twenty-five books, including her beloved Easton Series. Books three and four, Easton at the Crossroads and Easton at the Pass, captured 2019 and 2020 Golden Scroll Awards for Historical Novel of the Year, and the first book in her Morning in America Series, Morning Glory, took second place. Award-winning Sweet, Sweet Spirit: One Woman’s Spiritual Journey to the Asbury College Revival, is a compelling read for such a time as this. Her latest novel is Easton at Christmastide.

Rebecca began writing professionally at the age of fourteen, and by the following year, was covering the Philadelphia Phillies. She earned degrees in history from Lafayette College, Princeton Seminary, and Missio Seminary. Rebecca is a popular speaker at civic and patriotic organizations, historical societies, schools, libraries, churches, and synagogues, and appears regularly on radio as well as her podcast, “American Stories.” She resides with her husband, son, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley where her family has lived since the 1740s.

Join the conversation: What do you imagine our completed selves will be like at the second coming?

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3 thoughts on “The Big Reveal

  1. I don’t know exactly what our completion will be like, but I’m sure looking forward to not having to have a make over in any area!

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