Jesus is alive and well. He is where you are. I have long been of the opinion that most of the Christian community isn’t so sure of that. If you ask a Sunday School child where Jesus is, you will probably hear that He is in Heaven. Where is Heaven? Far away from here, that’s for sure. So Jesus is far away. The sad thing is that you will probably hear the same thing from an adult believer.
But even those who believe Jesus is with us often say things like, “He is in my heart.” It is interesting that we use the same expression to refer to the memory of someone who has died. “She is alive in our hearts.” But does that mean anything? Does it mean anything real? I hold the memory of my parents in my heart and I think of them often, but they are not here when I think I need them. I wish I could talk with them and get their response, but I can’t. Not really.
No, it is not enough to say that Jesus is in Heaven. Nor is it enough to say that He is in our hearts. Jesus is real! He is here! He is with you right now and always.
Well, you say, I wish He would show Himself sometimes. Yeah, me too. But just because I can’t see Him or feel Him doesn’t mean that He isn’t here. He has promised to be with us always (Matthew 28:20). God is with us. He dwells with us, stays with us, always (Revelation 21:3). Jesus is here.
I have a couple of pet peeves. 😉 One is when the preacher or worship leader tells us that God “showed up” at a certain gathering. Maybe you showed up or woke up, but God was already there. The other is the poem, “He has no hands but our hands to do His work today.” What nonsense! If Jesus has no hands, no ability, to do His work apart from us, then He is weak indeed. Not true!
Wherever you are, Jesus is there. He loves you. He never leaves you (Hebrews 13:5).
Sometimes people ask me how to walk with Jesus. The truth is that those who belong to Him never walk apart from Him. They just have to open their eyes and hearts. He is already where you are. Believe that you are always in the presence of Jesus. Talk with Him. Live in the presence of His love.