Jesus of Nazareth is no longer physically present. If that were the case, TV cameras and reporters would be behind every street corner of His stomping ground; His ministry would be on 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, what social media storm would develop if Jesus was physically present on planet Earth today?
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; and it’s quite another story to have a face-to-face conversation. 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 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 that stuff that burdens us here. While this is true, the other aspect is just as true, and here it is: Once in heaven, we are no longer able to make a difference. We are removed from our generation when we are with Jesus.
This is why Paul writes: “We are Christ’s ambassadors;” Since Jesus is no longer physically present on planet Earth, this is where we come in, because we are still around. Physical presence is powerful. Let’s appreciate it, because God does – why else would He call His children Christ’s ambassadors?