“Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”-John 14:19-20
So often, our vision is limited. We look upon the world through cataracted eyes, blind to the stunning realities of the Kingdom of God. When we look around, all we see is brokenness, sin, and evil. We think to ourselves, “If only Jesus came back!”
Jesus’s disciples wrestled with the reality of a fallen world too. Jesus had told them that he was going away. When your leader leaves, it can be unsettling. I imagine this would be especially true when you believe your leader is the promised Messiah, the one who had come to set all things right.
Jesus told them, “yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me.” I would have had a million questions. “Jesus, when you say the world won’t see you anymore, are you going on vacation? Are you going to die? How will that work? If the world won’t be able to see you, how exactly will I be able to see you?”
But Jesus lived in full awareness of the reality of the Spirit. For Jesus, there was not only a palpable, material world capable of being explored, touched, felt, and sensed, he was aware that there was a much more significant world, the spiritual world. He was telling these men that, like him, they were a part of that world. Christ’s Spirit would be in them, and they would be in him. As Christians, the reality that we are in Christ and Christ is in us is our core identity.
Many of us never give any serious thought to the reality of our union with Christ. Ask yourself, “How would I live differently if I believed that the actual Jesus—all of him, by his Spirit—dwelled in me? How would my interactions change? What does it mean that I am in him?” We live because he does.
Jesus, it is so easy for me to live my day to day life as though the Holy Spirit is not real. I confess the reality of the Spirit with my mouth, but I do not live as though I believe it. Remind me afresh of your indwelling Spirit. Amen.