[We] shall see His face. Revelation 22:4
In 1951, a red-headed toddler named Ken Beeton fell into the Manning River in Australia. He was eighteen months old. A nine-year-old boy named Ken Gibson was walking along, saw the drowning child, and heroically managed to pull him to safety.
Nearly seventy years passed, and Beeton, now 71, decided to find out what happened to his rescuer. He tracked down Gibson, now 78, and the two met face to face for a reunion. “I might not have been here without him, so I’m saying thank you,” an emotional Beeton said, to which Gibson smiled and replied, “You’re welcome.”
We’ve been rescued by the Stranger of Galilee who walked past just when we were drowning in our sins. One day we’ll see Him face to face in New Jerusalem and say, “I wouldn’t be here without You, so I’m saying thank You.”
The Bible says we will see Him face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12). Let’s anticipate the day when we will physically see the face of Christ. What a glorious thought!
Face to face I shall behold Him, far beyond the starry sky; / Face to face in all His glory, I shall see Him by and by! Carrie E. Breck, “Face to Face With Christ My Savior”
Emma Siossian and Anthony Scully, “Emotional Reunion, 70 Years After Ken Beeton Was Saved From Drowning at Taree,” ABC News Australia, May 29, 2020.