“At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory”.
Mk 13:26 NIV
One of the wonderful things about the Bible is that it sometimes takes us into the unfamiliar realm of God’s presence, glory and mystery. The truth is that he can never be reduced to the things and thoughts of earth, humanity and daily life. If he is God at all he is “other”, he is “mystery”, he is “beyond all knowledge and all thought”. And from time to time the Bible holds back the curtain, so to speak, and gives us a peep into that special, mysterious, spirit-world where, either we are blind, or we see him as he is – in his glory.
The phrase “Son of Man” comes from the book of Daniel the first of the apocalyptic writings. There “’one like a son of man comes with the clouds of heaven and is led into the presence of the Ancient of Days”. He, says Daniel, “was given authority, glory, and sovereign power; all peoples, nations, and men of every language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed’. We may contrast that picture, in its depth, majesty and authority, with that of the false messiahs who need endlessly to be performing religious tricks to gain support” (D. English, The Message of Mark, p208).
This is poetic, mysterious language that holds God up high and promises hope, renewal and glory to the struggling believers of Christ till the future becomes the present and all is finally revealed. Jesus lets us glimpse something of the awesome mystery still to come – the coming of God.
Lord God, whom I cannot see, help me to trust you implicitly.