Experience the Presence of Christ

Experience the Presence of Christ

By Brenda Kuseski

In his book, The Presence-Based Church, Terry Teykl points out that the Ark of the Covenant was the place where the Presence of Jehovah dwelt among Israel. But the Ark was hidden behind the veil, so holy and separate that to touch it was death (2 Sam. 6:6-7). In the New Covenant, though, Jesus became the place where God’s Presence lived and walked among His people. Teykl observes that our worship is transformed because of the following wonderful truths about Jesus—“God with us”:

When the Presence of God returned to the earth in Jesus, the earth-shaking, fire-breathing God of the Israelites came as a mild-mannered carpenter, the “good Shepherd.” It wasn’t that God’s character had changed. He was the same Jehovah. But it was time for the world to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—the you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18-19). …God’s favor toward us radiated from the face of Jesus, and His smile penetrated all sorts of human conditions.

Adam and Eve lived in God’s very presence before their sin separated them from Him. But Jesus came to restore us and pull us back into the lap of God’s enduring grace. Consider all Jesus gave:

He gave time. He gave hope. He gave acceptance. He gave blessing.

He gave a mission. He gave life. He gave comfort. He gave the Holy Spirit.

He gave peace. He gave joy. He gave protection. He gave a new kingdom.

He gave giving. He gave healing. He gave prayer. He gave deliverance.

He gave unity. He gave love. He gave vision. He gave victory.

Most importantly, He gave us the privilege of living in the Presence.

The New Covenant that Jesus ratified on the cross meant that all that was His is ours, and that all that was ours is His. God created us to be His delight, and He desired that we also delight in Him. His Presence is to be our joy (Ps. 21:5). Jesus came so that we might experience the full measure of His joy here and now, through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, and forever in heaven (John 16:24, 17:13).

This week, as you pray, lay aside your lists, and simply soak in the Presence—reflect on, and give praise to the Father, Son, and Spirit who make themselves available to you.     

Be filled, and then ask for more!

Becky WarnerComment