Where Is Jesus?
John 20:10 Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11 but Mary
stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into
the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had
been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her,
"Woman, why are you crying?" "They have taken my Lord
away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put
him." 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,
but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 "Woman," he
said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried
him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him." 16
Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out
in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). (NIV)
Mary was searching for Jesus. Just as we must also search for Him,
Mary was trying to find Him. Mary’s search was different than our own.
Mary was trying to find Jesus’ body for He had died on the Cross and
had been placed in the tomb. Mary found Him. Alive, and speaking her
name. We also will find Him. Alive, and speaking our name.
When we think of Jesus, we most often think of Him as a human being.
To think of Jesus as a human being is to be only half-right. For He was
not "just human." He was not "just human" because he
was more. Jesus Christ was God in human shape and human form. He looked
like a man and by our standards of measuring whether someone is human,
He was a human being.
He walked and talked.
He had a body similar to ours.
He had knowledge and wisdom.
He suffered pain.
Yes, Jesus was a human being. However, He was more than just a man.
He was also God. He was both the Son of God as well as God Himself. He
referred to God in Heaven as His father. Yet, Father and Son are both
One. They are inseparable yet Jesus now sits at the right hand of the
Father. Are you confused? If you are confused about these matters it is
because there are many things we do not understand about the spiritual
realms. Although Jesus was clearly a human being, He had the ability to
do all that God could do.
John 8:15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16
But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I
stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written
that the testimony of two men is valid. 18 I am one who testifies for
myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."
When we look at Jesus, we see a man with a human body. His body was
like our body if we want to make a comparison. However, Jesus was both
fully human and fully divine. He had every physical, emotional, and
psychological attribute that we have. Yet, He was also God. We will not
unravel this mystery. We can understand this idea of being fully human
and fully divine only as an idea. We cannot get into Jesus’ shoes and
walk His path as both man and God because no human has ever been both
man and God except the Savior.
Indeed, Jesus was more than just a man.
Look at what He did…
He floated up into the clouds.
He stilled the waters.
He made the blind to see and the lame to walk.
He died but he came back to life
After He came back to life, He appeared to people in the form of
another person other than Jesus. So different was He, two followers did
not immediately recognize Him.
Obviously, we are not like Him, but He is like us. To say we are like
Him is an effort to take ourselves and elevate ourselves to His level.
The facts are that He lowered Himself down to our level in an effort to
help us gain entrance into His home when we die. He lowered himself down
so we could be raised up.
Christ came into our world two thousand years ago and has remained in
our lives because He loves us. Christ loves us not because we loved Him
first. Christ loves us because we are one of His children. We are one of
His flock of sheep.
We can know He understands us because we know He has walked in our
shoes as a person. He understands us and knows what we go through each
minute because He lives with us. He lives both within us and outside of
In addition, no one can understand us like He can. Even we cannot
understand ourselves as He understands us. He knows more about us than
we will ever know about ourselves until we see Him face to face. We have
Jesus’ spirit alive in us. When we recognize we have this person,
Jesus, with us on the inside, this recognition is the most profound step
in our journey on earth. The recognition that Jesus, God, and the Holy
Spirit is alive within us is so profound it is life changing and life
Matthew 28:20 "Lo, I am with you always, even until the end of
the world" (KJV)
Once we recognize the existence of God within us, we are then under a
compulsion to make some kind of response. This compulsion to make a
response does not necessarily mean each person accepts Him. Man has the
freedom to accept Him or reject Him. Each day every human being has the
choice of acceptance or rejection of God. What most people try to do is
ignore the decision. In the minds of most people, if they can ignore the
choice then the choice does not exist. However, denial of the truth does
not make the truth go away.
We can try to ignore that God is within us. We can try to ignore God’s
touch of love within us by occupying our minds with other thoughts. We
can try to run away from God, knowing He is alive within us as we run.
We can try to live as if God does not exist. We can try to tell
ourselves He does not exist.
We can tell ourselves that we will take care of this God thing later.
We can try to put off recognizing He is alive within us. We can even go
so far as to plead a case with others that God does not exist. However,
no matter how much we plead that He does not exist, He remains within us
every moment we are alive.
We can live our lives trying to ignore Christ’ love within us. We
will need to scramble to keep our thoughts, our lives, and our selves in
tact if we are to live as if God is not touching us. We must live as if
the love of the Creator who created all things is not in us. Imagine,
just for a moment, what a person’s life would be like if they were in
denial of the greatest force of love in the universe.
What are the consequences of this denial? The consequences are
disruptions, accidents, mistakes, chaos, dysfunctionality, lack of
control, ignorance, failures, acts of evil, and eventually having your
soul, your thoughts, dreams, visions, plans, and hopes burned up not
only here on earth but also in the eternal fire of hell.
Romans 2: 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being
who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory,
honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for
the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism.
Can we afford to play the game? Can we afford to risk losing our
souls because we do not want to recognize that God is alive in us as a
being of love? Can we afford to risk losing our souls because we did not
want to come out of our denial and admit to ourselves there was a being,
called Christ or the Holy Spirit, living within us?
What are we to do about this dilemma of denial? The first thing we
must do is come out of our denial. The next thing we must do is turn
away from our life of chasing after and living in the darkness. We must
then turn to Christ who is the Light. We cannot live in denial, nor can
we run away from the Light and still have a life touched by the love and
light of God. We cannot have a bountiful and fruitful life if we
purposefully and intentionally blind ourselves to the realities that God
is touching us all the time. We cannot see any fruit or prosperity in
our lives if we constantly pursue a course in darkness with no light to
guide us or direct us. To walk in darkness is total foolishness. To walk
through our lives trying to avoid the touch of the love of God is
madness. To live in fear of death is even further madness.
Hebrews 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared
in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds
the power of death--that is, the devil—15 and free those who all their
lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
To walk through your life every day and not respond to God’s call
requires that you fill your heart and mind with endless thoughts. To
ignore the touch of Christ’ love within you, you must feed your mind
the thoughts of how busy you are. Then you must go on and think about
how burdened you are and how much suffering you must endure. To live in
the darkness away from God’s love and Light you must continually
remind yourself about how difficult things have become in your life. To
live in denial you must always tell yourself you will take action in the
future knowing you are telling yourself a lie. To stay away from the
love of God through Christ you must fill your thoughts with a thousand
other things. You must keep your mind and life busy so you don’t have
to think about GOD!!!!
If we keep our lives and ourselves, busy enough we can be incredibly
good at not thinking about God. We can also be incredibly good at
missing the uncountable blessings from God but still not admit we are
missing anything at all. We can watch our lives fall apart around us, be
totally befuddled by our life events, and still not admit or even want
to know whether we need Christ in us as a live person.
Very often we do not want to think about God because when we think
about Him then things begin to stir within us. When we think about God
then the love that He is starts working on us and we feel that love.
That love we feel begins to call us away from our denial and it begins
to make us want to live a different life. His love makes us want to not
live in any form of denial. His love makes us want to live in the light
rather than in the darkness.
Wherever you believe God to be makes no difference because He walks
with you throughout your whole life. No problem you face is faced alone.
God will not let you face any difficulty or challenge by yourself. God
loves you too much to leave you alone when you need Him. God loves you
too much to let you be burdened down without a comforter and helper by
your side. Many people have found the love of Christ within themselves
and have turned away from Him because He did not do for them what they
wanted done. Many people have abandoned their faith because when times
got tough God did not overpower them. They abandoned God because He did
not make their problems disappear and make them happy. Many people have
little faith because God does not or has not yet brought a needed
miracle when a miracle is needed. Many people stay in denial of Christ’
love because He did not fix what needed fixing.
There is in this matter of God within us, beside us, and around us an
essential ingredient. The essential ingredient is that God is not
invasive. God is alive within you this instant but if you are not
willing to call upon Him, access Him, open the door to Him, He will
remain silent. God will remain so silent you may not even believe He is
there. To have God’s presence within us become real we must act upon
this presence. It is interesting that as much power as God has at His
disposal, He chooses to let us make our own decisions about Him. God
permits us to run away from Him. He permits us to make spiritual fools
of ourselves. He gives us our freedom. We are free to accept or reject
Christ because we must accept Christ in love. We are free because love
cannot be coerced, forced, purchased, or rammed down our throats. Christ
died on the Cross not knowing the outcome of His act on your life. You
are free to accept or reject Him because love requires the freedom of
your soul to make that choice.
What will your choice be today?