by Rex Rouis
Jesus would like to tell all of us – “Quit Acting Like I Am Dead.”
Yes, Jesus died on the Cross, but He was resurrected and rose triumphantly. He now sits on the throne of God, on the right hand of God the Father. He is no longer dead but alive. As Christians, we know this. Then why do so many carry on with their daily lives as if He is still dead?
I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:18
They cannot see Him with their physical eyes, so they do not carry the moment-by-moment awareness that He is alive and walking with them. Most people, Christians included, are ruled by the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste); because of that, the world appears more real than Jesus. This world is seen with the eyes, but the Kingdom of God is known only with the heart.
Most people today follow their emotions or intellect and do not appreciate the things of the Spirit. Spiritual things are not emotional, intellectual, or even physically based. Most people today consider the things of the Spirit of God to be unsophisticated, irrational, and outright foolish. Many so-called church thinkers and leaders hold this bias.
The merely intellectual man rejects the teaching of the Spirit of God, for to him, it is mere folly; he cannot grasp it because it is to be understood only by spiritual insight. I Corinthians 2:14 Twentieth Century New Testament
The Spirit of God reveals the things of God. They are not intellectually understood, and the senses do not recognize them. It is only through the revelation of the Spirit that we know God. Jesus may no longer be walking on the earth in bodily form, but He is still the Lord of all the earth. Now that He has ascended to Heaven, the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, speaks and acts on His behalf. Jesus may be located bodily in Heaven, but He still reigns on earth through the agency of the Holy Spirit.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20b
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper (Holy Spirit) will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7
Jesus has always been with us and will always be with us. He is our Lord, Savior, Healer, and Advocate. Jesus is present with each one of us – right now. Jesus is no longer limited by His body to be in only one place at a time, but now He can be anywhere and everywhere. Jesus is not merely alive through Bible doctrine or Christian imagination. He is alive in reality, albeit a spiritual reality, which is more real than the physical reality around us. Jesus is here in Spirit and truth. Know that He is near. Carry on in your daily life as if He is near because He is.
Jesus is seen with the heart, not the eyes.Why do bad things happen if He is so near? That is a good question and a tough one. It is challenging because the issue of evil was not something man was supposed to know about or deal with. In the beginning, Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the tree of ‘the knowledge of good and evil’ (Genesis 2:17). But of course, they did, and evil entered the world through this disobedience. Even worse than that, evil took over the world.
God had delegated the management of the world to Adam. When Adam disobeyed, management transferred to Satan. Satan, the Bible says, became the god of this world. However, we believers are delivered from the power of darkness through faith in God.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13, 14
Now, those who have been delivered are commanded to go forth and spread the light of God to the rest of the world and enforce God’s authority. When we do this in faith through the Name of Jesus, all the resources of Heaven are at our disposal. But if we do not, Jesus will not step in – even if He is standing right next to you in the Spirit.
Jesus is more real than the world.Yes, He is alive, and yes, He is active on our behalf, but only through our faith and obedience. He loves everyone, but He responds with salvation only to those who believe Him (John 3:16). Believe that Jesus exists and that He is there with you because He is.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
The Bible tells us to acknowledge Him in all our ways, and then things will turn out for our good (Proverbs 3:6). How do we acknowledge God? It is simple. We acknowledge Him by acting like He is there. Talk to Him and believe He hears you. Sure, it would be great if we could hear Him with our ears every time we asked, but faith does not work like that. He answers in many ways. Sometimes, Jesus speaks directly as Lord, and other times, through His Spirit within us as truth.
Whatever method, either by His voice, the leading of the Holy Spirit, or by the written page, we must believe. We must believe Him solely based on what we know in our hearts. We must know that He cares for us and has the answer. We must trust that He is there even if we do not see, hear, or feel Him. This is, after all, a walk of faith.