Will it have been any different if I was born in the time of Jesus – well not in the same year so that I wouldn’t be killed by Herod but – in the generation of Jesus?
Would it have been any different if I attended one of his sermons personally or ate from the bread and fish he had multiplied to feed people? Would it have helped me believe if I witnessed a miracle of Jesus or if I saw Him crucified?
Wait a moment, would it have meant more if he had appeared to me within the 40days of his appearance? Would my hopes have been alive or would I have doubted, still?
During a recent reflection, I realised that the true manifestation of Faith in Jesus wouldn’t have been stronger if I experienced Jesus in person than it would be now if I actually just believe. (Before you argue, there were many who saw him and still didn’t believe). It turns out, I don’t need to be born in the time of Jesus to experience Him as real as he is.
Jesus didn’t visit the whole world but the whole world sure felt Him and feel Him till today. And thats aside having our calender after His earthly existence.
Believing in Jesus requires more than his physical presence – this would be great too – but holding on to His Word is as good as giving Jesus a big hug, a really big hug! And thats how you hug Jesus by holding onto His word. So, whenever we feel we need an evidence of Him being with us, let’s keep John 14: 16 – 20 in mind.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
– John 14:16-20 KJV
The evidence of Jesus and His faithfulness is found in the Holy Spirit, our comforter and master guide whose seeming absence means His presence. So today, when – not if – you are faced with the issues of the world, turn to Jesus in a prayer and the Holy spirit would guide you into all truth. Give Jesus a big hug and study a His word – found in the Bible – and listen to Him when – not if – He speaks and you would be strengthened; I assure you!
Now, go ahead, hug Jesus…😊
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