Like Joseph Jesus longs to be with us and reveal Himself more fully. Hebrews 9:24 tells us that Christ has three appearings..one where he came and dealt with our sin problem, second where he appears before the throne of God on our behalf, and relating to the Holy Spirit to make known to us things of Himself. In John 14 he tells us He will not leave us alone but will send the Holy Spirit in His place and He, Jesus will dwell in us by His Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:17 and the Spirit will reveal Jesus to us in degrees of glory and by this revelation we are changed into His likeness. Then there is a third appearing where He will come and meet us in the air, gathering us together to Himself and we will be presented and perfected together receiving a glorified body. What was so astounding to me is the fact that He has a passion to see us, everything in Him is yearning for that end. Everything He did was to see that accomplished.. to see us, and to be with us. In the apostle Paul we see Christ, how He would do things, how He would respond, how Jesus would feel. He is an emotional, intense and passionate God that expresses Himself outwardly without shame.
Phil.1:8 God is my witness, how greatly I long after you in the bowels of Jesus
Gen. 43:30 Joseph's bowels did yearn upon his brother
The use of the word "bowels" in both Greek and Hebrew is an expression of the most extreme show of inward desire, affection and emotion.
Romans 15:22 I have been much hindered from coming to you. But now having no more place in these parts and having a great desire these many years to come to you.
1 Thess. 2:17 We being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. Wherefore I would have come to you once and again. (double)
1 Thess. 3:6 when Timotheous come from you to us he told us that you always are desiring greatly to see us, as we also you..night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face.
2 Tim. 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy.
He not only wants to see us but He reallys want to see us ..He can hardly wait.