What must it have been like for the disciples to walk with Jesus before his ascension?
To sit around a fire with him and ask him the meaning of his parables. To break bread with him and laugh with him. To see him lay his hands on lepers and blind people and cure them.
And yet Jesus said that we who believe today have it better than the disciples did when Jesus was with them physically:
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)
Jesus indwells every believer through the Holy Spirit. Each one of us has direct access to Christ every moment of the day. Wake up in the middle of the night and we can talk to Jesus. Driving to work we can ask him to save our loved ones or give us wisdom. We can come to the throne of grace while changing our child’s diaper, or doing the dishes. He’s nearer than the air we breathe.
Not only that, Jesus longs to fellowship with us. He loves it when cast our cares on him and bring our requests to him. He’s never too busy to give us his undivided loving attention. He delights to reveal the Father to us. And our thanksgiving and praise brings him joy.
Enjoy communing with Christ today. You’ve got it better than Peter, James and John.
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