What does it mean to behold something that is not right in front of me? With eyes of faith we must peer through the darkness of the night towards the morning light. Through loving meditation of the holy scriptures, in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, we can perceive Jesus who is our hope.
Jesus will return just as He said He would. It is not a metaphor or a fairy tale. Just as He ascended to the right hand of the Father in Heaven, so He will descend to the earth as the king of kings in a physical body. He is coming to make all the wrong things right. His appearing will be undeniable and will be clearly seen by all; both the living and the dead will witness His procession across the earth into Jerusalem. This is the “great and terrible” day of the Lord; great for the saints, but terrifying for those who oppose Him. He comes to judge the living and the dead. He will reward those who put their faith in Him, but will cast those who oppose Him into the lake of fire. The Antichrist will lead the kings of the nations to overthrow God, but they will realize that they chose wrong.
So there will be mourning because of the severe judgements of God on the earth, but there will also be a mourning of the lovesick bride for Jesus. John is quoting Zechariah 12:10-14. He is assuring The Lord’s promise to Israel that they will recognize Jesus as the messiah and will cry out to Him. They will love Him and yearn for Him. And this promise is for all the tribes of earth. Though many will oppose God, there will also be many people among the nations that will be faithful to Jesus. He will be recognized as the desire of the Nations.
I live with a family of five; a mom and a dad with three boys, ages 4-12. This summer the couple went on a mission trip for two weeks and this was longest they had been away from their boys. When they returned home, the 4 year old was overwhelmed with emotion. He was excited, full of Joy, and crying with the ache of their absence; all these experiences at once. This is how I imagine my response will be when Jesus returns. Like finally seeing the finish line of a long and arduous marathon. He is our relief, the answer to all our questions. He is the only solution, the only satisfaction. We have a blessed assurance that our redemption draws near. Though there is injustice across the earth, our deliverance is coming soon.