What is the church? And what can we liken it to before a risen Savior?
"And I turned to see the voice which was speaking with me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching to the feet and girded around his chest with a golden belt, and his head and hair were white like wool, white as snow, and his eyes were like a fiery flame, and his feet were like fine bronze when it has been fired in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters, and he had in his right hand seven stars, and a sharp double-edged sword coming out of his mouth, and his face was like the sun shining in its strength.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead person, and he placed his right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid!"
It is in the West, in this day and age, very easy to succumb to the idea that we are just one religion of many. That we christians are just following some cultural heritage passed down to us from our father and our father's fathers before us. That our beliefs and our customs are no different than the beliefs and customs which mark other cultures and are no better or no worse, just separate. And that would be true, is true for every other culture and religion.
But for Jesus. If this man really lived and this man is who he said he is then it is INEVITABLE that each of us will one day stand before him just as John did in the passage above. That is truth. That is the church's truth. What will you do then? The church is not those who will fall at his feet.
"I am Yahweh, and there is none besides me;
besides me there is no god.
I gird you though you do not know me,
so that they may know from the rising of the sun
and from the west that there is none besides me;
I am Yahweh and there is none besides me...
I have sworn by myself;
a word that shall not return has gone forth from my mouth in righteousness:
‘Every knee shall kneel down to me;
every tongue shall swear.’
‘Only in Yahweh,’ one shall say to me, ‘are righteousness and strength.’
He shall come to him, and all those who were angry with him shall be ashamed." Isaiah 45
No, all will fall before Him just as all would melt before the Sun, it's just physics. And here is one greater than the Sun.
The church are those to whom He will compassionately give His mighty right hand and say, "Do not be afraid."