You Asked for It: Jesus in Physical Form

July 26, 2018
By Rev. Kelly Brumbeloe, Pastor at MB North

“Is it foolish to ask Jesus to appear in physical form again?” 

I find this to be a very interesting question. Maybe we approach this question by looking at the Trinity. God the Father sent us His Son and when the Son ascended back to heaven, the Father and Son sent us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was a promise given by Jesus. We read in the Gospel of John, just prior to Jesus’ death, that Jesus told His disciples that He wouldn’t be with them much longer but when He left He was going to send them a person that would be advantageous for them–the Holy Spirit (John 16). The key to this promise is the term, “Advantageous.” 

It is true that for 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus, He appeared to many people, but that was prior to the promised sending of the Holy Spirit. So I guess I would raise the question, do we need to ask for the physical appearance of Jesus if we readily have the person of the Holy Spirit, which is advantageous to us? 

There is also a second way in which I would approach this question. Are we looking for Jesus? Jesus, in describing His second coming, said, “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in His presence, and He will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left.”

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” (Matt. 25:31-40 NLT)

Jesus saw Himself as being a part of every person. In this earthly neighborhood, Jesus is a part of each person. Maybe if we look intently, we will see Jesus in the people we neighbor each day. Maybe Jesus appears to us every day but we just fail to pay attention.