Remember the present-day Jesus — not just the historical Jesus

Jesus said: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Remember His presence in the present moment and surrender to Him now! Too often Christians forget that Jesus is present and active in the now, and only remember Him in the past. Remember He’s here! Remembering Christ living back then is no excuse for not remembering to focus on His living presence, just now.

Remember the Jesus Christ living now in you, not just the one who lived back then, in Galilee and Judea. If you won’t remember what Jesus is doing in your life right now, you won’t stay excited about what He did 2,000 years ago.

Since Jesus knew He was going to be present, why did He tell His first disciples, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”? Because it’s easy to forget about His presence with us now.

To remember Jesus from the past, but forget to interact with Him in the present, is to miss the essence of Christianity. Even Communion (the Lord’s Supper) is to be taken in remembrance of Jesus–recalling, experiencing, and interacting with His living presence in the moment.

Ancient Jews followed an indirect approach to God thru priests and ceremonies, but Jesus opened the way to direct relationship. Now that Jesus is risen we can go beyond hierarchal religion that operates thru priests, and into direct interaction with Him (the kingdom of God).

The kingdom of God begins to manifest when King Jesus is allowed to be the active Head of His body, not just the figurehead. When anyone obeys the risen Jesus and does what He says, the kingdom (government) of God is manifesting at that moment.

Though unseen with physical eyes, the living Jesus can be recognized by an open heart. My heart’s attraction is daily interaction with the living Jesus. I love to focus on Him and be aware of His presence!

Heart-felt testimonies and direct, in the moment Christ-experiences, are essentials (often shut-down by church ceremonies). Share your salvation testimony. If you don’t have one, ask the risen Jesus to save you and then tell what He does.

Sermons aren’t enough. The active presence of Jesus is essential to Christianity. “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” Church services tend to remember what Christ did in the distant past, but to forget His real presence in the immediate moment.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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