Have You Been with Jesus?
January 13th, 2017
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” ACTS 4:13
In 1984, while pastoring a church here in Michigan, a number of people stood at the altar one evening requesting prayer.
As I asked a woman who stood before me “What can I pray for?” her eyes grew big, she raised her hands to her mouth, stepped back, and then whispered as she looked into my eyes, “I see Jesus in you!”
I have never been more terrified in my life and yet, at the same time, blessed beyond belief. And the reason for being terrified is simply that the presence of Jesus Christ living within us is absolutely amazing. The Holy One actually lives in the true believer.
For a born-again believer, God’s Holy Spirit takes up residence within us as we become the true temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19). We, in fact, are hidden in Christ who is seated at the right hand of God the Father (Ephesians 2:6). When we pray, we are praying through Christ, our High Priest, and we are close enough to the Father for Him to hear our prayers each time, even if in a whisper.
For Peter and John, uneducated and untrained men as they were perceived, carried a truth that was shaking their world. The people could see Jesus in their eyes. They could hear Jesus in their spoken words that He had taught them. They could experience the miracles provided by the anointing of God on their lives. It both drew people to them, as well as driving some away who feared the presence of God. They had been with Jesus.
When we have spent time in prayer, we are saying “God, I cannot do this without you! I need you God to save me, deliver me, heal me, set me free, and go before me.”
If you draw close to God, God will draw close to you (James 4:8). The closer you draw to God, the more of the Christ in you, the hope of glory others will see. The closer you draw to a Holy God, the dirtier you will also feel. Don’t fear! God is in the washing business and he can make you whiter than the driven snow (Isaiah 1:18-20).
So, where you sit, stand, or lie down at this very moment, will others look into your eyes and see Jesus there? Will they say of you, “I can tell, they have spent time with Jesus!”
This world, your neighbor, your co-worker, your family, need “Christ, the HOPE of glory!” (Colossians 1:27).