A few weeks ago I shared why I haven’t been writing lately.
And last week I asked for your help with a key question on the upcoming website (thank you!).
The project is moving forward, but I wanted to take a moment to share something about which I can hardly contain myself.
It’s the answer to the question, “Where is Jesus now?”
This particular question has been gaining popularity over time (thanks Bret for the insight). As you can see from the Google Trends graph, web searches for “Where Is Jesus Now” have tripled over the last ten years.
The exact whereabouts of Jesus is on people’s minds.
So then, where is Jesus now?
To answer this question, let’s first talk about where Jesus is not.
Jesus is not on the cross. Although we may picture Him on the cross, Jesus isn’t there anymore. The cross was a one-time historical event that divided all of history and humanity. The cross has implications for us all. However, compared with all of eternity, Jesus spent just a miniscule amount of time on the cross.
Jesus is not in hell. The Apostle’s Creed says, “[He] was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead.” So yes, Jesus did descend into hell after He died, but like the cross, He’s not there anymore.
Jesus is not coming out of the grave. On Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus. Jesus conquered sin and death by his resurrection; this was one-of-a-kind. But Jesus didn’t die just to be raised. The resurrection is not the apex of Christianity--there's more.
Jesus is not on the earth. Acts 1 says that after Jesus was raised from the dead, “He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.” And after that, “he was taken up before their very eyes…” In his place, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be on earth for Him.
So if Jesus is not on the cross, not in hell, not coming out of the grave, and not on earth, then where is He?
I’ll tell you—Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:20 says,
“[God the Father] raised [Christ] from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.”
Here’s what’s so special about where Jesus is now, according to more in Ephesians:
- He's far above all rule and authority. Not a little above. far above.
- And not just far above some rule and authority. Far above all rule and authority.
- And not just far above all rule and authority. Far above all power and dominion.
And not just above all that, but far above every title that can be given.
- Not just in this age, but in the age to come.
- Higher than every title we can think of conferring on dignitaries and luminaries and leaders in the present or in the future.
And not only that.
- Jesus is seated at the right hand of God because God has placed all things under his feet.
- And God appointed Jesus to be head over everything so that He fills everything in every way.
I can hardly contain myself because of all the glorious implications of Jesus’ heavenly position.
And it leads to another question: “What is Jesus doing now?”
There are seven things I believe that Jesus is doing right now. We’ll get to that answer soon.
But for now, someone jump up and down or something, because nothing coming against you or threatening to come against you can raise its head above Jesus!