A Room Full of Jesus

A Room Full of Jesus March 14, 2018


“If Jesus were alive today…”

This is how the question begins. It doesn’t matter what comes next. The point is that Christians keep asking like “If Jesus was here today….” which betrays the deeper problem: They don’t realize that Jesus is here today.

Jesus is alive in every single person who loves Him:

“If anyone loves me my Father and I will come to them and make our home in them.” – Jesus [John 14:23]

“If you abide in me then I will abide in you.” – Jesus [John 15:4]

Not only is Jesus alive in us right now, but he also promised never to leave us:

“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Jesus [Hebrews 13:5]

How can Jesus come back if he never left and if he is already living within us right now?

On Sunday, our house church family gathered together as we always do. Our practice is to wait in silence as we experience the presence of Christ in our midst; the one who told us that whenever two or more are gathered in His name, He would be present among us; and as we sat in silence I realized that we were in a room full of Jesus.

Christ is alive in each of us. He abides in us. We abide in Him. He is “the one in whom we all live and move and have our being.” [Acts 17:28] We are His Body and “the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.” [Eph. 1:23]

We are the incarnation of Christ in the world today. As Jesus was sent into the world, He has now sent us. [John 20:21]

We are His hands, His feet, His voice, His heart, His arms, His legs, His face and His smile to everyone we meet.

This changes everything.

It means that you and I are what we are waiting for.

See, since Jesus is here now – alive within each of us – that means that all Creation is eagerly awaiting and inwardly groaning for us to realize this truth and start living out our new identity in Christ:

“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” (Romans 8:19)

Please note: Paul does not say that the creation is waiting for Jesus to return and make everything better.

Read it again: He says that all creation is waiting for us – the children of God – to be revealed for who we are (or better yet, to reveal who is alive within us.)

If Heaven is where God is, and if God [in Christ] is living within us, then this means Heaven is within you.

“For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.” – Jesus [Luke 17:21]

This means that we are the people we have been waiting for.

Jesus is here now. He is alive within us. He will never leave.

Now, let’s let Him be revealed within us so that all creation can finally receive the joy, peace, patience, kindness, mercy, grace, and most of all the love that we all so desperately need.

We are a room full of Jesus.

Step outside and shine.

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Keith Giles is the author of several books, including “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb”. He is also the co-host of the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast on iTunes and Podbean. He and his wife live in Orange, CA with their two sons.

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  • Rudy Schellekens

    In 1992, Rubel Shelly and Randall Harris, wrote a book, “The Second Incarnation.” Makes for an interesting read – and describes what you did in the above article. Good read – both book and article!

  • Chuck Johnson

    This essay consists of vanity and self-worship.
    Such thinking can lead to big, big, problems.

  • Graeme Cooksley

    Hi Chuck
    Your comment seems to suffer from (the logical fallacy) of hasty generalisation.

    I would be very interested to understand what you found to be a problem(s) in the article, specific articulation is required on those points you have issue with.

    I thought it was a good basic Scriptural approach to our standing in Christ, our positional strength, and a challenge for us to realise the implications of Christ working out in our bodies.

    A lot of Christians have no idea of the wealth and depth of Christ invested in each one of us, (Hint: Total), it is not being vain, nor self-worship, it is simply recognising what has been done for us, and that is not only very very amazing, but also very very humbling.

    Not understanding and incorporating into our mindset/worldview these truths then leads to a debilitated lifestyle, for Such (stunted) thinking can lead to big, big, problems.

  • Ivan T. Errible

    There is no god. But you probably already knew that.

  • lagibby

    God is Love. Maybe you’ve heard that, but you don’t know how to understand it.

  • Linnea912

    Ignore “Ivan”. He’s a troll who shows up on EVERY post on these blogs.

  • Ivan T. Errible

    That has all the intellectual force of “Gumby is Lord!”