Christ’s Risen and Glorified Omnipresence
“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
—Matthew 28:20, emphasis added
As we see Christ’s risen and glorified omnipresence—His presence in all places at all times with a “voice as the sound of many waters”—it is a reminder that He is always speaking to people at their time of greatest need (Revelation 1:15b). His voice can be heard anywhere, for He is everywhere present, and can thus truly encourage us.
What did Jesus do on earth? He was always meeting people’s most desperate needs. Consider Mary who went to the empty tomb as sorrow and confusion flooded her mind with all the memories of Jesus. He had loved her, forgiven her, and made her many promises. But now He seemed to be so far away, and all those things seemed distant to Mary. Mary needed to see Jesus. That is why she was last at the cross and first at the tomb. Mary came needing Him, and now she would be the first to see the risen Christ!
What strength did Mary need? She needed to believe what she knew. She knew He promised that He would rise again, but she just didn’t believe it. But when she heard the One whom she thought was the gardener call her name, she instantly recognized Him! For Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Then Mary believed, and had a wonderful time of worship! (See John 20:13-16.)
Now let’s look at another person who had a great need—Peter. Peter also longed to hear the voice of the Lord. He, too, needed to hear that risen and glorified voice “as the sound of many waters”!
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And He said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”
Peter was grieved because Jesus asked three times. (Everything in threes might have bothered him because he could not forget his thrice betrayal of Jesus—it was such a deep wound!)
Jesus knew that Peter needed His special touch that day. If Jesus had only asked him once if he loved Him, Peter might have thought: Did He really mean that everything is all right? If He asked just twice, again Peter might think: He says all is well, but I’m not sure But Peter sensed that Jesus was tracking with him: “Peter, I knew that you denied Me three times, so I want you to tell Me you love Me three times so that you will have peace that this thing is all taken care of— and that you will now be that one to strengthen the brethren.” Oh, how the grieving Peter needed to hear that reassurance of Christ’s love and forgiveness, and that he was not being set aside in his ministry!
What is Jesus doing now? Jesus, with His omnipresent voice “as the sound of many waters,” always comes to those who need Him. No matter where you are in life, Jesus says to you, “I am with you always! I am there; and you will hear My voice as I speak to you!”
He will never leave your side so that He can encourage and help you at any place and at any time. All you have to do is to invite Him to come to your rescue!
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