Sunday, November 16, 2014

It Should Be Better

It Should Be Better
November 17, 2014
John 16:7  "But I tell you the truth; it is better for you that I go away, for if I may not go away, the Comforter will not come unto you, and if I go on, I will send Him unto you."

Imagine if Jesus had stayed on the earth instead of ascending into Heaven.  His human body was meant to age, since He was born a human baby.  So instead of living thirty some years and ascending into Heaven, He might have lived another seventy years at most.  Suppose that happened.  Would that have changed His impact on the world?  Would more people have received physical healing?  Didn't His disciples carry on His healing ministry?  Eleven disciples were probably able to physically reach more people, because their human form could be in more places than Jesus at once.  If Jesus stayed another seventy years would that have improved His message?  Technically, the disciples wrote down what Jesus said and, again, they were able to take His written words to multiple places at once.

What if Jesus lived forever, in His human form?  If Jesus remained ageless, and continued on living, wouldn't THAT be better?  He could have continued to heal people and teach people about the Lord.  Everyone would believe He was the Son of the Living God, since they could witness His miracles.  People all over the world would travel to His ministry site and recieve healing.  They would believe in Him and believe in God.  That would be so awesome.  Or maybe not.  People saw His miracles first hand and did not believe.  Many people did not receive healing from Him while He WAS here.  In fact, while He was on the earth, He created more controversy by His physical presence than when He was only an idea.  While He was alive, all the political leaders wanted to kill Him.  Today, He'd constantly live under death threats, being forced into hiding.  Then no one would see Him.

No, Jesus said it was better that He physically leave the earth.  He said it would be more effective and more advantageous for us humans if He left.  I could create an argument both ways, but I cannot argue with Jesus.  When Jesus left He promised that in His stead, He would place the Holy Spirit, who would not just live on the earth but live INSIDE of us, empowering us to carry on the work of Jesus.  Let me say it this way.  If you have an electronic device you depend on; it must be charged.  You must constantly go to a power source and re-charge your electronic device.  It's a hassle and you have to leave it for extended times, sometimes even being without it if you don't have an opportunity to re-charge it.  Now imagine if your own body contained that power source.  Instead of having to leave your electronic device to get powered, you would always have a source of power inside your body.  You would never have to go to an outside source to receive power.  It would be so much more convenient and effective to have the power source with you wherever you went.

This is the same since Jesus left.  If Jesus was still here, we would all have to go to the source of the power constantly.  But since He left and gave us the Holy Spirit, we now have that SAME power source of Jesus living inside of us.  This is WAY better than having to constantly go get plugged in somewhere.  The original disciples didn't have the power of the Holy Spirit while Jesus was with them.  It should be better now that Jesus left, but somehow it doesn't seem that way.  Either Jesus was wrong or we are all missing it a little.  I would suggest we are not fully harnessing the power living inside us for effective everyday living.

If your electronic device needed recharging, and you had the power source inside of you, would you still take it over to a plug or docking station and leave it to re-charge?  No way.  You'd continue to use it, as it would be constantly under power!  This is how it should be in your everyday spiritual walk.  You have the power source inside of you since Jesus left.  It should be better to have Him living inside of you instead of having Him sit across from you!  Figure out how to tap that power source if you want to live an empowered life!  Jesus said it would be better and it should.  It's time to make it that way in your own life.

Don't take my word for it; look it up: 
John 16:5-11, Acts 1:8, Acts 10:38, Rom 15:17-19, 1 Cor 2:4, 1 Cor 12:1-11

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