Jesus lives!

534 Jesus is aliveIf you could only choose one biblical passage that would summarize your entire life as a Christian, what would it be? Perhaps this most quoted verse: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life?" (Joh 3, 16). A good choice! For me, the following verse is the most important thing the Bible as a whole is to understand: "In that day you will know that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you" (Jn 14,20).

The night before his death, Jesus not only told his disciples that "on that day" they were given the Holy Spirit, but also spoke several times about what would happen through his death, resurrection, and ascension. Something so unbelievable should happen, something so amazing, something so shocking that it simply does not seem possible. What do these three little sentences teach us?

Do you realize that Jesus is in his father?

Jesus lives through the Holy Spirit in an intimate, unique and very special relationship with his Father. Jesus lives in the lap of his father! "No one has ever seen God, the only one who is God and is in the Father's womb has proclaimed it" (Jn 1,18). A scholar writes, "To be in the lap of someone is to be in the embrace of someone, to be filled by someone with the most intimate care and affection." Jesus is right there: "In the lap of his Heavenly Father".

Do you realize that you are in Jesus?

"You in me!" Three little breathtaking words. Where is Jesus? We have just learned that he lives in a true and joyful relationship with his Heavenly Father. And now Jesus says that we are in him just as the vines are in the vine (Joh 15,1-8). Do you understand what that means? We are in the same relationship that Jesus has with his Father. We do not look from the outside and try to figure out how to become part of this special relationship. We are part of her. What is this about? How did it all happen? Let's take a look back.

Easter reminds us annually of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But this is not just the story of Jesus, but also your story! It is the story of each one, because Jesus was our substitute and substitute. When he died, we all died with him. When he was buried, we were all buried with him. When he rose to a new glorious life, we all stood up for this life (Rom 6,3-14). Why did Jesus die? "For Christ also once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God, and he is killed according to the flesh, but made alive to the Spirit" (1, Petr 3,18).

Unfortunately, many people imagine God as a lonely old man living somewhere in the sky, looking at us from afar. But Jesus shows us exactly the opposite. Because of his great love, Jesus united us to himself and brought us into the presence of the Father through the Holy Spirit. "And if I go to prepare the place for you, I will come again and take you to me, so that you too may be where I am" (Jn 14,3). Did you notice that this does not mention that we have to do or do anything to get into his presence? It's not about sticking to rules and regulations to make sure we're good enough. We already are: "He raised us up and helped us in heaven in Christ Jesus" (Eph 2,6). This special, unique and intimate relationship that Jesus has for ever through the Holy Spirit with the Father has become accessible to everyone. They are now as closely connected to God as they can be and Jesus made this intimate relationship possible.

Do you realize that Jesus is in you?

Your life is worth so much more than you can ever imagine! Not only are you in Jesus, but he is also in you. He has spread in you and lives in you. He is present in your everyday life, in your heart, thoughts and relationships. Jesus takes shape in you (Gal 4, 19). When you go through difficult times, Jesus makes them through you and with you. He is the strength in you when trouble comes to you. He is in the uniqueness, weakness and fragility of each one of us and is pleased that his strength, joy, patience, forgiveness expresses itself in us and shows through us other people. Paul said, "Because Christ is my life and dying is my gain" (Phil 1,21). This truth is also valid for you: it is your life and therefore it is worth giving yourself up for it. Trust that he is who he is in you.

Jesus is in you and you are in him! You are in this atmosphere and there you will find light, life and food that strengthens you. This atmosphere is in you too, without it you could not exist and you would die. We are in Jesus and He is in us. He is our atmosphere, our whole life.

In the high priestly prayer Jesus explains this unity even more precisely. "I sanctify myself for them, so that they too may be sanctified in the truth, but I ask not only for them, but also for those who through their word will believe in me, that they are all one, like you, father in me and me in you, so shall they also be in us, that the world may believe that you have sent me, and I have given them the glory that you have given me, that they may be one, like we are one, me in them, and you in me, that they may be one and the whole world, that you have sent me and love them as you love me "(Jn 17,19-23).

Do you rather recognize readers, your oneness in God and the oneness of God in you? This is your biggest secret and gift. Return your love of God with your gratitude!

by Gordon Green