Modern Evidence Post 17 — Seeing Jesus Today — He’s Alive This Easter!

A friend, now retired but an erstwhile practicing GP, asked his patients across a few weeks who they most respected in the world. He did this for his own interest only. Well over 90% voted for one person. Was it Princess Di, perhaps, who was then very popular.
Or was it another member of the Royal family perhaps, such as Queen Elizabeth, or the Prime Minister of Australia, or some famous actor, actress or scientist who scored such overwhelming respect?

No, none of the above. It was actually Mother Teresa.

The fact that we do not see Jesus in the flesh today is profound. It is because we are expected to love others, each one carrying something of the image of God, and in doing so coming closer to perceiving the true nature of God the Father and of Jesus — who could say “whoever has seen (perceived, understood) me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Jesus said this to Philip, who had seen Jesus physically over several years, but only seen him physically — never quite perceiving who Jesus really was. Jesus wants people to know him at a much deeper level than merely his physical appearance, and he expects us to perceive and understand him through our practical love for others.

Mother Teresa understood this connection — she said she was “seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time”. This approach enabled her to perceive Jesus in everyone:

I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, “this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him.” I serve because I love Jesus.

Jesus is seldom seen physically nowadays outside of NDEs, where he puts in an appearance fairly regularly — according to near death experiences recorded in many written reports. However, although generally invisible to the eye on Earth, his nature is seen in the transformed lives we have spoken about already, for example of some previously addicted to alcohol or drugs.

We are tri-partite beings: body, soul and spirit. Of the three, the physical is temporary and by far the least important. Jesus wants us to get over the visible and physical, but instead perceive his soul and his spirit from our loving interactions with other people.

There are even deeper purposes at stake. Jesus himself explained this when some Greeks wanted to see Jesus (John 12: 20–24).

Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

This was a strange reply to people who simply asked to see him! But Jesus was teaching that he would die soon and that anyone who really wanted to see him, and thereby see God the Father, would henceforth have to look at Christians in his place. This is both an individual responsibility and the calling of the church (1Corinthians 12,13,14). It is possible only because we are created in God’s image.

Why does this work out in practice?

Each Christian should portray a fragment of God’s, nature, love and ministry. The goal is for these fragments to unify and combine such that Father and Son become perceivable and accessible to others on Earth, like looking at a mosaic picturing God — but composed of many different fragments of stone. An unbeliever’s scales are able then to fall from their eyes, and God’s nature and purposes become clearer.

Sadly, Christians worldwide have never risen to this degree of unity that was so much on Jesus’ heart shortly before his sacrificial death for us. We see this today in the thousands of Christian denominations that exist. Consequently, God is not being accurately portrayed to the world — at best they are getting a very disorganized, fractured image. Consider the words of the prayer of Jesus to Father God shortly before death (John 17:20,21):

“My prayer is not for them (the disciples) alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

The disunity across Christianity, combined with Satan’s relentless discrediting of God, is keeping millions from believing in Jesus. They are consequently not being prepared personally to spend eternity in Heaven with God as part of his family.

Mother Teresa understood this at a very deep level, and saw Christ daily — not in the Church where she should have been able to, but where she looked instead — in the eyes and lives of humanity.

Jesus is still very much alive this Easter. You can also “see” him, if you look as Mother Teresa did.

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