Why does Jesus not give us a glorious vision of himself more often? Like the one he gave to John in the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:12–16). Let us try to think on this.
One, God is holy. We cannot even imagine the awesome greatness and splendor of his holiness. If God doesn’t shield us from his glory like he did for Moses (Exodus 33:20–23) we will die in an instant.
Second, God chooses when and to whom to give such special revelation of himself. He does not do it just like we post our photos on Facebook. Unless there is a compelling purpose he will not show himself in glorious splendour.
Third, the appearing of God strikes fear. The Bible records that Moses trembled with fear when God came down on
Mount Sinai (Hebrews 12:21). Only when his friendship is offered like he did to Moses can any man talk with him face to face (Numbers 12:8).
Fourth, the Bible says that the glory of God is seen in the face of Jesus (2 Cor. 4:6). In fact, Peter fell at Jesus’ knees and told Jesus, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” recognizing something in Jesus more than human. The glory of Jesus will immediately make us realize our utter sinfulness. As it happened with Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 6:5, John 12:41).
Now let me come to the original question, “Why does Jesus not give us a glorious vision of himself more often?” Let me also ask, have you ever desired to see him? David had a desire to seek God’s face (Psalm 34:8). He had a heart for God (Acts 13:22). Do you?
Honestly, if the resurrection of Jesus means anything to you, it should create in your heart a longing to see him. But unfortunately many still seek him among the dead (Luke 23:5).
Now why is the longing to see Jesus not there in you? Isn’t it because you seek God not because who he is, but as Jesus said, because “you had your fill (John 6:26).” What a tragedy this is!