Posted by: New in Every Way | April 11, 2012

Here to Stay

When I was four years old, my mother died. Thankfully, I still had my father! He brought some normalcy back into our lives. But my mother had been my emotional gyroscope. Without her, my whole world wobbled.

It was the same for Jesus’ followers who witnessed his arrest, crucifixion, and burial. I can hear it in the words of the two men walking to Emmaus on the third day after Jesus died:

“. . . we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21).

Ah! But there was an incredible finale to that scene. After a lengthy walk, conversing with the stranger who had joined them, the two men, having arrived at Emmaus, invited him to spend the night with them. At supper, their new acquaintance broke the bread and blessed it. Immediately, the two men recognized the stranger: Jesus! No wonder, they realized, “our hearts [were] burning within us while he talked with us on the road . . .” (Luke 24:32).

The very thing I devoutly desired for years after my mother’s death actually happened for Jesus’ followers—he came back. Amazing. Wonderful. And necessary.

Powerful as it was for Jesus to die for us, we also need him alive.

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (Romans 5:10, boldface added).

His own life flows into us when we give ourselves to him. His life makes us new.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17).

He is our shepherd, guiding us in this new life.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep . . . (Hebrews 13:20).

He intervenes regularly to save us from adversity and our own weakness.

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them (Hebrews 7:25).

That’s why Jesus did not just come to earth for a thirty-three-year visit.

The Word [Jesus] became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood (John 1:14 MSG). 

He moved in. He was gone for three days, but he came back. And he’s here  to stay.

 “. . . surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Make It Personal

  • What does it mean to you that Jesus himself still prays for you and cares for you as a shepherd?
  • Did Jesus come to earth so that a few lucky people could experience God first-hand? Or was that the start of a new relationship with humankind that includes you?

 

 

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