I saw Jesus in a dream

A week ago I had a dream about Jesus. It was very real and vivid. I’m not sure if it was from the Spirit or not; I’ve never had a spiritual dream before. But I can’t get it out of my mind and continue to think about this very short dream without end.

A day or two before the dream, while driving in the car, I was listening to a podcast. I heard the verse from Deuteronomy “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Something stirred inside of me. I do love God with all my heart, but what about his son? I am truly missing something there.

I believe he was on the earth. I believe he was both God and man. I believe he that atoned for my sin at the cross. But I don’t know him, not like I want to; not truly with deep affection or great longing.

I prayed a heart prayer to God as I drove. I’m not sure if it was aloud or in my head, but I prayed the Lord would reveal his son to me in a new way. I prayed that I would find what I am missing and be so full of love for Christ that it would spill out of me onto others. I wanted to have a passion and realness about him in my heart so that I could share it. You can’t share something with someone you don’t have.

Here are some reasons this dream could have been an answer to prayer:

God encourages us to ask for wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)

God says if seek him, we will find him.  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

God wants us to know him. “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3

God says if we pray according to his own good will, the answer is yes. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)

God wants us to tell everyone about Jesus. “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)

So now the dream.

I was in the passenger seat of a car at night in a woodsy area. The car was crashing, but all I saw was grass lit by headlights headed for my face. I thought I would certainly die.

Next thing I knew I was back in the moving car, like nothing had happened, looking out the passenger window. I looked out at the dark woods and saw a man in a deep purple robe standing at the side of the road with the hood up loosely. It was Jesus!

When I saw his face I knew it was him and began to leap in my seat with excitement. My window was down and I wanted to jump out of it to get to him! I saw his face and the look he gave me is what continues to stir my soul. He looked at me and with one facial expression was a mix of:

  • I see you.
  • I know you.
  • I know you want to hold me.
  • It’s not time yet.
  • I’m so happy you want to see me this much!
  • Even with a touch of loving humor: You funny girl, you would jump out of that car, wouldn’t you?

It was a subtle smile, but more complex. A knowing smile, almost as if he were tickled that I was so excited to see him, like if you looked at your husband from across the room at a party and nodded at each other. His personality was multi-dimensional and devoted and strong and witty and good-humored. Honestly, he looked like a person you could easily talk to.

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Yes, it was a quick glance but I still felt all of this and more. It was such a powerful exchange I can’t stop thinking about it.

Have you ever pictured Jesus like this? Sadly, I have not. He wasn’t there to give me a lecture or tell me to be better. He rescued me from the dark woods and from certain death. He knew me like a life-long best friend. He was even elated that I wanted to be with him so much! That’s the part I’ll never get over.

There are millions of Christians. Who am I in that mix? How could he possibly have time for me. Apparently he does. Apparently he has time to rescue me, get to know me and delight in me knowing him. I cry if I think about it. This is what I have been missing in my relationship with him — a personal and real connection. He is more than a king and redeemer. He is also my loving and dear friend. And he is yours too!

I can’t tell you if the dream was real or not, but I did find what I was looking for, that connection I had prayed for. I think this is a real turning point for me.

The next day I heard a message mentioning the story of Peter jumping off the boat to swim to shore when he saw Jesus because of his excitement and love. John, the author of the verse, even defines his own identity by Christ’s love for him.

“That disciple whom Jesus loved [John] therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came ashore in the boat.” (John 21:7-8)

That is the same feeling I had in that car. I literally wanted to jump out of the window of a moving vehicle (even though I had just feared for my life in the same vehicle) to be next to him. Jesus radiates love that penetrates even stubborn hearts like mine. He is love.

I heard the verse that started my initial prayer four times that week! “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)

The final time I heard it was on Sunday, in a parenting class at church. I thought “Oh, he must know that I really need this. Maybe I’m not being loving enough to my children. Maybe I’m not teaching them to love by my own actions …” On reflection, I see the truth! He wasn’t reprimanding me, he was telling me he loves me and wants me to love him!

Love. Love. Love. That is his message over and over again. This theme has been so strong in my life the last two weeks I’m about to explode. That’s what’s going on with my DIY project this week — “they will know us by our love.” And this Instagram post. And talking to strangers and doing kind things for them. And smiling like a weirdo at anyone who looks at me! I need to share this radiant, joyful love. They need to know this love Jesus has.

So there is my prayer, my dream and his answer. I prayed that I would be filled so full that it would spill out of me onto others, and that is what compels me to share this dream with you — even though I would really rather keep this in my personal prayer journal.

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“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” — 1 John 4:7-8

Have you ever had a dream you thought to be from the Holy Spirit? I want to hear all of it. And one final thought: Don’t forget what you pray for and wait expectantly for his response! It might look different than you think.

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30 thoughts on “I saw Jesus in a dream

  1. Love your blog! You have a great balance of spiritual and secular content for all of your readers. Great job!

  2. Claudette, you are a godsend. Really. Thank you. I’m always trying to find the balance of spiritual and secular content in this space. I’ll probably have a lot of unsubscribers because of this post, so you don’t know how much your encouragement means to me :)

  3. Loved hearing about your experience. I had a similar experience when my third son was born. To get through labor I was picturing walking on water as Peter did when he saw Jesus. I was thinking that as long as he kept his eyes on the Lord he was able to not sink, so I just pictured walking to Jesus. Suddenly I was right next to Him and looking into His eyes. The love I saw there was amazing. It has stayed with me and been a source of joy and comfort ever since. ( My son is now 29 years old! )

  4. Mary Ellen, your story gives me goosebumps!! I love that that walking on the water to Jesus was your focus. What does that say about your sweet soul?! And then there he was. He came to you! My best friend, Ashby (a solid spiritual soul, who has known deep pain), told me that the dreams that she has that were of God have stayed with her for years. She said she remembers every detail of them. The other ones fade away. This must have been the real deal for you. Oh, how happy I am you shared this with me! It’s truly beautiful. Thank you.

  5. Thank you 4 sharing I’m working On loving others my desire is they come to know Christ as I do sometimes people seem not to expect this kindness IT’S not me but HIM

  6. That’s it! It’s not us, but him. We love only because we have been loved first. And I love it when people are surprised by kindness. That’s the best! It’s contagious.

  7. A very beautiful experience indeed! Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love Me and those who seek Me diligently find me! Your heart’s desire has been fulfilled. I so wanted to reply to your story but words failed me, I said to the Lord I shall wait for the right direction from You. Yesterday I was sitting in the kitchen all by myself and thought about your vision, the purple robe – I have seen paintings wherein the artist’s colored His robe, one in dark red and another in a rich blue, the colors of a King, He is the King of Kings and as I sat there and just thought about Jesus, I had this strange feeling in my spiritual heart, like a firmness and then a sweet anointing and with great sadness, as I thought what Jesus has done for all of us walking the earth, alas, there are just some whom truly seek Him. We shall rejoice with gladness in our hearts as He first chose us…. what a privilege to know how much we are loved.

  8. In the name of CHRIST, I speak to you. It is so wonderful, to hear others talk about seeing our savior. Jesus found me in my worst time, Me and my daughter had just moved out of the shelter and were on our way to cash my paycheck, so we could pay for our deposit. Inside the store took so long, longer then usual. My daughter was getting impatient, and I kept telling her it was okay, to just be patient. All the while, I was feeling just love all around me, It is very hard to describe. Well, when we finally got to the counter, I cashed my check, and me and my daughter walked outside, and the cab driver said someone wanted to share our cab, but he was gone, and before he got the words fully out of his mouth, I saw a man standing behind me, coming out of nowhere, he had on a long brown shabby robe like garment, and when I turned around, and looked up at him, his was just tall, not tall like a basketball player, like TALL, like no human is this tall, tall! I looked at his eyes, and they seem to guide me to cab, I felt a great need to open the passenger front door for him, and as I looked at him, he seem to move very slow, not slow as a slow walker, but like a flowing type of slow! and It was all so dreamy, he was dressed like a homeless person, but he still looked stylish! When we got in the cab, me and my daughter sat in the back, and I felt this sudden joy and happiness and I introduced everybody in the cab, and I told him I didn’t know the cab driver’s name, and I asked the cab driver his name 3 times, and finally the cab driver said his name, after this time seem to be non-existent. I could not tell you what time it was, I barely remember the ride, I was so focused on JESUS, the most I can remember was his hair was brown and curly and shoulder length, He had a long brown beard, really long! He was so well-mannered and quiet, and humble, his eyes, were red, and I just remembered thinking his eyes sure is red! His teeth at first, were like that of a homeless person, then all of a sudden they changed, into a sparkling white! and I thought, his teeth is white for a homeless man. Then I remember I needed to go to the pharmacy, and I asked him, if he wanted to get dropped off first, and he said you are alright Christina, and something in his voice caught my attention and I looked up, and he was dressed differently, I can not describe it, he was shining all over, he was gold!!! his teeth shined like diamonds, his tongue was pinker then any tongue I ever saw! When I looked in his eyes, They were wide and red!!! This is all I can remember, time did not matter, my problems were non-existent, my whole focus was him, I remember his gaze was that of patience, love, humbleness, and also you felt his authority. He is so beautiful, I am in love with him!!! My life has changed so much, I love everybody, no matter who they are, material things do not matter to me anymore, It does not matter how much money I have or do not have. I just try to show love to everyone I meet, sometimes I mess up, but His HOLY SPIRIT tell me to pray through every feeling, and to share the LOVE of GOD through JESUS CHRIST. My description gives him no justice, it is something you have to experience for yourself, because the emotions can not be explained. JESUS is real and he loves us, I wish I can describe it the way I saw him, It is just true love, no love on earth, can compare to this feeling of love, and I still feel it, and his image is burnt in my mind, I talk to him everyday, I pray everyday, I try to show everyone love, I talk about him all the time. I can truly say I am in love with the LORD!!! GOD BLESS. ALL in the name of JESUS CHRIST!!!!

  9. Christina! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us your INCREDIBLE story! How remarkable and inspiring and life-changing. His love shines through you! I’m going to have to reread it, there is so much detail, so much meaning. It reminds me of this man’s story: God bless you, Christina, for sharing Christ’s indescribable love with us. It will stay with me.

  10. Last night I had a similar experience. I accepted Christ and was saved at the age of 9. I said yes to the Lord in a Christian School my mother had me go to. I had my experience with the Lord at 21 (my encounter), backslid, then had another one at 30, backslid again, and now He is bringing me back again! Talk about stubborn love…i am so grateful for it! But last night I also had a reprimand. I was praying and I felt His love for me in a very strong way…it was both beautifully loving but reprimanding at the same time…He kept telling me “You are MINE”… its what I kept hearing. It made me cry but thank Him all at the same time. I felt like I was falling in love… it was so strong, passionate, firm, but so loving…it was a whirlwind of love…love like a hurricane! So yes… I know what you mean. Beautiful experience! :-)

  11. Patricia! What an incredible experience! I am covered in goosebumps. I too know that gentle reprimand. It’s not condemnation, but it’s clear things need to change. What some wouldn’t give to have a dream about Jesus saying “You are mine.” Such relentless love! Our savior is real, and I keep hearing of these dreams over and over. You are mine. You belong to me. You are saved. It’s so exciting!! God bless you for sharing, it just makes my day! :)

  12. I’m happy to share. I can continue to share as I get more from Him to edify the body of Christ, particularly us ladies who are always seeking to cry at his feet and dry them with our hair…to pour our love on him like Mary of Bethany poured the expensive perfumed oil on His feet! He is so worthy! I love the Lord and I love you all my sisters! :-)

  13. I never dream or see the Lord savior. I am lost without hope now and in the future.

    I wish I am like you.

    Thank you.

  14. Valance! It breaks my heart to hear you say you have no hope! But you are not without hope, believe me! In fact, God promises to never leave you for forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6) He promises that he has GOOD plans for you, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) And God cannot lie. He has sworn he will bless us in Hebrews 3:16. Not only did he swear, he swore by his own name because there is none greater! He would never defame is own name. He will never lie. HE LOVES YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! You are His child, his inheritance. To Him you are a beautiful treasure.

    Please keep reading, stay with me. This part is important. HE LOVES YOU NOT BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE. HE LOVES YOU BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS. You can’t change that. Even if you wanted to.

    I don’t know why God answered my prayer to see His son. Maybe part of that reason is so that I could talk to you! I have prayed since for another dream and not received one. I have friends very strong in faith that have prayed for dream of Jesus and have not had any. That doesn’t mean that God no longer loves me. It doesn’t mean that my friends are not loved and saved by the son.

    I have one more point. You are believing a lie. Satan cannot do anything to change your salvation, your future in heaven for eternity, your authority over him in Christ. BUT he would LOVE for you to believe a lie that you are chained to this sinful world, that you are lost and that God doesn’t love you. DO NOT believe those lies, friend. In Christ you are free, free indeed! (John 8:36) You have been promised a hope and a future — and not just here in this world (as life is but a vapor here) but in the next as well.

    I’ll meet you in Heaven one day and we’ll talk about this. I believe that. You cling to the Lord like never before. He has promised to never leave you. He is there, planning every detail of you life.

    I’m praying for you now, Valance! I will keep praying for you. I pray you are freed from the bondage of lies, bondage of sin, and are able to see God orchestrating the details in your life. I pray you are able to experience Christ’s joy and peace in a new way, no matter what the circumstance! In JESUS’ holy name and authority I pray, Amen!

  15. Very very touching. I have never once felt loved like that. Ever. Yes, I am a believer, but I have never had an experience like so many of you.

  16. Hi, Lettie. I’m sure it’s hard to take it in and believe someone across the internet, but I assure you God loves you. Not just loves you, he adores you, he thinks you are precious, he sings over you! I’m praying right now that you experience that love in some tangible way here on earth, but I KNOW you will in Heaven if you are a follower of Jesus. If there were one message I could convince people of it is that God LOVES them so deeply! And because of what his son has done, we get to spend eternity basking in that white, bright love. I love you and God does too.

  17. I had a dream a few weeks ago there were people sitting down in their chairs and Jesus Christ went around to each person telling them something. I didn’t know what he told them. Then he came to me and I was so desperate for him to come to me, he whispered something in my ears, I wish I could remember what he said; one thing I do remember that stuck with me was “be calm, your time is coming.” Then he hugged me and it felt so real and intense, it felt like complete love. I wish I knew what he meant.

  18. Wow, Jacky! What an incredible dream! “Be calm, your time is coming.” So symbolic for you to be waiting for your turn in the group and then he says that to you. What is remarkable about so many of these dreams is the symbology. Mine was at night and I have since realized that he was rescuing me from darkness. Of course I don’t know what he meant by “be calm, your time is coming” in your wonderful dream, but I do know that Jesus is King (in charge) and he only speaks truth! So your beautiful moment will come to pass. How exciting!! The other commonality in every dream is the overwhelming sense of “complete love” as you so perfectly put it. I’m thrilled that one day we will all life in this kind of love every day for eternity! xo

  19. I just love this! This made my heart leap for joy! This was definitely from the Lord! I did have a dream last year that I was lying on my old bed from the house I grew up in, and was praying earnestly for a friend’s marriage and I had my head buried in my blanket as I cried and prayed. I felt someone gently sit on the edge of the bed and just place their hand on my back. (this one moment replayed 3 times in the dream) I wondered who it was. Suddenly, I realized it was Jesus! I was so excited, but quite nervous to take my face out of the blankets to see Him. When I finally did, I saw my husband sitting beside the bed instead! End of dream. I will say, I have certainly been seeing Jesus through my husband A LOT more now since this dream. (We just faced a terrible loss of our baby daughter last November, and it has caused us to cleave together like never before) Though I would LOVE to see Jesus Himself as you got the honor and privilege of doing, He chose to reveal Himself to me in the person of my husband. And you know, God does describe Himself as our Husband! Song of Solomon describes the relationship between Christ and His Bride, He really does love us incredibly deeply! It is such a thrilling and fascinating love! I came to your blog through a Google search about maintaining the house and read your post about cleaning one thing a day and setting the timer for an hour. I’m glad I stuck around to read this as well! Subscribing!

  20. What an incredible dream, Tina! You know, when I first posted this dream on my blog I was nervous. I didn’t know how people would respond, but it has been such a blessing in my life and I get to hear how he is working in others’ lives too! His symbology and creative ways of speaking to us each as individuals will never stop amazing me. It makes me think of how Mary and Martha both said the same things to him but he responded so differently to them. In your dream you were praying for marriage and He so thoughtfully chose to reveal himself through your husband to prepare you and protect your marriage. It teaches me that He knows and is in charge of all things. That he would consider us his bride is extraordinary. I’m so sorry for the loss of your daughter. I can’t imagine what you have been through and my heart swells for you. I know a large percentage of marriages end after the death of a child, but the fact that you two became closer is a testament to the work of the Lord! Incredible.

  21. Well I am so glad you DID post it despite feeling nervous because it is such an awesome testimony and can lift up so many others , give them hope, and give them a better picture of who Jesus really is! It certainly blessed me! Thank you. :)

  22. Coming across your post even though almost a year later is the true works of God. This year Good Friday falls on the 19th of April 2019 which is my birthday. My personal dream of Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour took place yesterday Sunday 7th April 2019. I dreamt my mum was outside preparing the cross which Jesus lay for Easter as I walked outside to see how it was going my mum walked away. In an instant as the cross lay I notice the feet of Jesus shake and before you know it he appeared In front of me in human form. He called out to me, Child he said and I replied . YES Father. SEEK ME. I agreed at that moment. JEsus dissapeared and I walked bout telling everyone my dream. I woke with such excitement and I continued to tell everyone around me at that instant about my dream. I truly believe that my purpose is to do exactly what he has asked. As I continue on my journey of fulfilling God’s purpose in me I feel so confident knowing that THROUGH CHRIST ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CREATING AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE KING ABOVE KINGS.

  23. Cindy, your words send power through my veins!!! So beautiful and remarkable! He continues to speak to us until this day, until the last day and forevermore. I am so very encouraged and grateful that you shared your dream here. He is alive and moving and reigning as our king. I love your ending statement. And I too look forward to having a closer relationship with him (and you, sister). xoxo

  24. I’m just now reading your blog about your dream of Jesus. I too had a dream not that long ago. I have been googling what it could mean and I came across your blog. Jesus came to me in a dream. I don’t remember seeing anything in the background…where I was or anything like that.
    Just void, He was wearing a white robe with the hood down. I remember seeing his hair. It was shoulder length and brown. He had a beard as well!! I remember him looking very clean!! And he was standing on water. And the love I felt!! I felt so much love vibes coming from him it was enough to fill you up. It made me feel safe and whole!! It’s hard to describe the look on his face. A little hard to remember exactly but racking my brain I would say he looked like matter of factly. Calm but like he was delivering bad news that he didn’t want to be the bearer of bad news. He opened his arm up extended his hand out not to take mine but to talk with his hand like he was trying to explain something. And he spoke!! He said “I’m sorry, but you can’t come” I’m not sure he said you can’t come now or you can’t come period. But he did say you can’t come. And he said I love you my child. And I woke up!! I woke up in tears. I think about this dream a lot!! I’ve also had doomsday dreams and dreams of what seemed like Hell. I also dream of tornadoes a lot!! But this peticular dream kind of scared me. What do you think?

  25. Thank you so much for sharing your dream, Samantha! It’s powerful. You don’t need to be scared. The Bible tells us a few hundred times not to fear! I can’t pretend to be an interpreter of dreams, but a couple things come to mind. First, if you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He will accept you at the heavenly gates. Period. Satan can do NOTHING to stop that, BUT he can deceive you. He can trick you into thinking you haven’t received the gift of eternal salvation. Instead, look what God says in John 10:28. “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” NO ONE can pluck you out of God’s hand. There is nothing you have done or can do that God will not forgive with true repentance (asking for forgiveness and turning in the opposite direction of that sin).

    Dreams are powerful. God can communicate with us through dreams, but as they are muddy territory (they can come from our own subconscious or even the enemy) we HAVE to know what the Bible says. When we know what God’s written Word says, we won’t be deceived by Satan. We will know when God is speaking to us when it lines up with the Bible. God cannot contradict himself.

    Every person I’ve heard recount a dream with Jesus starts with the crazy amount of love they felt! He usually seems to be wearing a robe. Isn’t that amazing that yours is similar! He called you his child! HIS child. He’s claiming you. Believe that! You are HIS. Accept it as a fact over your life and as your new identity!

    It’s common for him to say it’s not time. I had the same impression. Many people are told they can’t enter Heaven YET, not PERIOD. Yet.

    As for the doomsday dreams, you reminded me of something. I was scared when I woke up from my dream of Jesus. I felt unsafe in my room. I couldn’t understand why I would wake up from the best dream of my life and feel fear. But if you think about it, when Satan sees a child of God growing in their faith, experiencing life-changing love from the Son himself, he’s not happy! He wants to lie, torment and deceive.

    But we are not alone. We have authority over Satan in Jesus Christ. When these confrontation happens, the Bible says “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” You can rebuke him aloud in the name of Jesus. Demons can’t breath in a room filled with prayer and the name of the risen Christ!

    And there’s one more suggestion I have about stopping these nightmares. What are you watching on TV? You have to be careful. When you watch murder, violence, anything from Satan’s territory, you are giving him material to work with. Your mind should be filled with everything that is good and holy and pure and lovely. I used to have nightmares too. Here’s how I stopped them. I really don’t have them anymore!!

    I hope this helps in some way. Let me know how I can pray for you, my sister in Christ! xoxo

  26. Very beutiful everyones vision of jesus.
    I had a dream when i was going through some hard times a few years back. When i had a dream. I was walking through a forest when the 3 wise men came to me. They said they had a message to give me from the one standing next to the tree. They said he is always with you through everything, loves you. and to always have faith in the holy trinity. Thats when i was filled with great joy and love and saw jesus looking at me and said to to 3 wise men in amazement ‘is that’? And they said ‘yes it is’.
    It was amazing transormation in me.

  27. Wow! Amazing! The three wise men too? What did everyone look like? Any idea the significance of the trees? Later I recognized in my dream I was in a car on a dark road because I am such an anxious car rider — like, ridiculous. So Jesus rescued me from my biggest fears — the car and the darkness.

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