We all know that Jesus from Nazareth is no longer physically present. If that was the case, TV cameras and reporters were behind every street corner of His stomping ground; His ministry would be in the evening news; He would be the hot topic on social media. If people were climbing Sycamore trees to catch a sight of Him way back then, imagine what would happen today if Jesus was physically present on planet Earth.
Physical presence is highly underrated these days. A lot of my communication is via texting. It’s great to keep in touch with people in writing. It’s even more effective to actually pick up the phone and talk to the person. It’s quite another story to have a face-to-face talk. My mother lives overseas, and we talk on the phone each week. In less than a month I’ll cross the ocean to hug her, which is far better.
Physical presence is powerful, but it’s temporary. We all die at some point, Jesus included. The news of His resurrection from the grave is tremendous. It means that He conquered death. Today Jesus is spiritually present as we go about our daily business, and we will meet Him in person after our physical death.
A lot of people, me included, get carried away at this point of the story. Sometimes our life on Earth seems so redundant, futile, and predominantly painful, that we lose sight of the blessings that come with being alive. We wish ourselves at the finish line; we think Heaven is where we are free from all the stuff that burdens us here.
While this is true, the other aspect is just as true, and here it is: Once in heaven, we’re no longer able to make an impact. All that’s left are our memories. That is why Paul writes: “We are Christ’s ambassadors;” Since Jesus is no longer physically on Earth, this is where we come in, because guess what: we’re still around! Physical presence is powerful. Let’s appreciate it, because God does – why else would He call His children Christ’s ambassadors?
“Jesus in disguise
A scar across the sky
You were looking for a king
You would never recognize” Brandon Heath