Where did Jesus Go?

10 07 2019

Most Christians think of Jesus as the nicest man that ever lived. He was sent to the earth to do a job that only He was qualified for and He willingly did it. Now He is worshiped as the emancipator and model for all of humanity. Believers are encouraged to live like He did by imitating Him until He comes back to retrieve them someday.

But Jesus never intended to be someone that we adore, serve or imitate as in “what would Jesus do?”(Matt.20:28; Luke 22:26,27). His mission was to be the way to real Life (Jn 14:6; 17:3). He came to reunite us with the Father, opening the way for us to live in HIS “house” where we and the Father could exist as one (Jn. 14:1-4, 20,23; 17:21).

Many are looking for Jesus to appear again in the sky someday based on the interpretation of a few scriptures by the Council of Nicea*. But how can He be coming again someday when He said that He “will not leave you orphans” (Jn.14:18)? Are we not like orphans if we are waiting for Him to come for us? And how can He be waiting to come if He said “because I live you will live also”(19)? Are we dead until He comes again? And how can He be living somewhere else and also be living in us with the Father (Jn.17:21; Col. 1:27)?

Jesus did not go away for awhile, He went away to disappear as an individual person (Jn.14:19; 16:7). He went away so that He could return as the Spirit to indwell us. When will that be? When we “know” that He lives in us. At that day you will know that I am in the Father, and you in Me, and I in you (Jn.14:20). He has come in us when we realize that He is our “life giving Spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45). Will we believe what He actually said or the doctrine of the “Creed”?

[Further question: Where does God say believers are when Jesus “returns”? (Eph. 2:6)]

When Jesus died He took everything that represented what a man was to the grave. That version of the “old” man, self-existent, independent of God, fully absorbed in the story of self was put to death. The only version of man that came out of the grave was the “Jesus Man”, the last Adam. He is the firstborn of many sons and daughters of God. He is the only true version of man that exists.

Salvation is accepting that He is the only life that we have (Rom.5:10). It is losing the dead story of self for the self that is Jesus. It is saying, “Jesus I accept You as who I really am” (Gal. 2:20).

He is the person that WE ARE. When we look at Jesus we are looking at ourselves. When we see ourselves we see Him (Jn. 14:19; 1 Jn.3:2; 4:9).

This is why Paul says to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling because it is God who works in you…”(Phil. 2:12,13). It is an amazing and fearful thing to accept that who you are is really someone other than your own story of self. It takes courage to accept and proclaim that fact. The old story of yourself will not let go easily and others around you will also accuse you of being unrealistic or heretical. But our comfort is in the fact that this is what God is doing – manifesting Himself as Jesus in our lives.

We don’t need to spend time wondering when He will “come again in the clouds” or what that means but focus on where God says Jesus is NOW. He exists in you and me. He is the only life that we have.

*The Council of Nicea (325 AD) resulted in the Nicene Creed, an authoritative statement for Christianity even to this day. One of the points of the Creed states that Christ ascended to the Father in heaven and is waiting to return to bring judgement to the earth.


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