Where is Jesus now?
Have you ever wondered that? In the below article and book by my friend Marty Angelo, he points to encouraging Scriptures that show us one of the most comforting and amazing messages of the New Testament; that Jesus lives IN and AMONG US now, by His Spirit. That, since Pentecost, He has been here doing just that – dwelling with, in and among us.
Col 1:27 “Christ IN YOU the hope of glory”
2 Cor 13:5 “Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is IN YOU?”
And many other Scriptures serve to underscore this comforting truth. However, we are materially and visually oriented, earthy folks. Instead, many of us in our daily lives forget the comfort of God being with us, in us and among us because we can’t see God physically. Instead, we stumble through our days forgetting Him being here, only to look back at times, and say with Jacob, “Surely the Lord was in this place and I did not know it!” (Ge 28) Surely the Lord is IN US now – and we do not know it! I confess this is true for me, even today. I forget His comfort, love and strength. So I pray, “Today, Lord, let me live like You are here with me, in me and ruling the Kingdom of hearts among us.”
Do we recognize where He is – IN and among us?
Jesus has not abandoned us for thousands of years. He came to us in His Spirit, just like and when He said He would. He is right here IN and AMONG us, now!
Knowing Is Seeing – John 14:18-20, 23
“I will not leave you all alone like children without parents. I will come to you. In a very short time… you will see me. You will live because I live. On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in me and I am in you…If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
In this passage, Jesus gives his disciples a word of comfort, that though He will die physically, He will not abandon them. He will come to them in His Spirit, in their hearts and in their KNOWING. He will come to them in His resurrection, then again both powerfully and spiritually at Pentecost as a ‘down payment’ or like-in-kind demonstration of His powerful and spiritual coming again at his AD70 parousia – the full consummation of His presence in His people to rule in His Kingdom of their hearts. Thus, in all this, they would “see” Him when they recognized His presence, and knew who and where He really was, even if they didn’t see Him visually. They were to see Him in the sense that they would “know” that He is in the Father, that they are IN Him and He is IN them. In this sense, Jesus tells them, knowing is seeing. Knowing where He is – IN THEM – and building mansions in His Kingdom right there among them! – is seeing Him for who He is, where He is.
Where is Jesus Now?
God and Jesus are with us, in us and among us, making themselves at home with us, “We will come to him and make our home with him.” God is building mansions among us – more and more of them everyday – in His Kingdom within and among us. Thomas expressed it well when he said,
“When is the kingdom going to come?” Jesus said, “It is not by being waited for that it is going to come. They are not going to say, ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is.’ Rather, the Kingdom of the father IS spread out over the earth [now!], AND PEOPLE DO NOT SEE IT.” Gospel of Thomas, saying 113.
Again, the Kingdom isn’t something we wait for or see with our eyes physically. It is something IN and AMONG us that we bring, spread, grow and magnify when we live as image bearers of God, loving others as ourselves. Then Jesus is brought out in us and them.
“But the Kingdom is WITHIN you, and it is outside of you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will know that you are the sons of the living Father.” Gospel of Thomas, saying 3.
Again, Jesus and the Kingdom are within us, as something we know, we do and we are. Jesus and His Kingdom are here, NOW. We grow these realities as we live and love as Jesus taught us.
Marty writes more about this in his article “Are We the Last Generation?” and in His book, Vision of New Jerusalem: Now.
“This generation will soon pass away… along with each and every one of us, just like all of the other generations before us. I know that I am not going to get out of this world without first dying a physical death. There’s really only one truly important question that we need to ask ourselves; what kind of legacy will we leave for the next generation? The earth will be here long after we are gone, all we have to do is study the lives of the generations who were here before us.
Will ours be known as the generation who thought, believed and taught Jesus Christ was coming a second time to save the day, like many generations before us have been taught to believe? Or will our generation be the one to finally take a stand and help steer not only our own generation into understanding that Jesus Christ and His kingdom lives inside of His believers right now but in future generations as well? All generations can live wonderful lives in Christ, and Christ in us while we continue to walk this earth until the day that we too, have to give up our own physical lives.
Long before AD70 the apostles taught that Jesus Christ (not as a third person of a trinity) was living within that first generation of believers (Colossians 1:27)…”
Marty’s book: Vision of New Jerusalem: Now (on Amazon/Kindle)