JESUS DID NOT resurrect the same way Lazarus resurrected. After walking out of the tomb, Lazarus picked up where he left off. Once again he was living with Martha and Mary. Once again he was busy with the affairs of everyday life. And once again he had to die. In a letter to the Romans, St Paul wrote: “We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Death has no power over him anymore.” With the glory that was rightfully his as Son of God, why didn’t Jesus stay here on earth? If we had our way, we would have insisted that the Risen Lord remains insisted of ascending into heaven. We would have insisted that the King of Kings establish his reign on earth once and for all soon after the resurrection. Instead, he ascended and left us here to beg God: “Thy kingdom com!” The hard part is that most Christians have never seen Jesus. We must wait for the Parousia. The last words of the Bible urge us to pray: “Amen, come Lord Jesus!”
The first Christians must have repeated this phrase thousands of times. St Paul uses it at the end of First Corinthians. The entire letter is written in Greek, but St Paul says: “Maranatha!” He uses the word as the very first disciples used it – not in Greek but in Amaric, the mother tongue of Jesus and the Twelve Apostles. Because of the peculiarities of Amaric, “maranatha” has a double meaning. It means: “The Lord is coming!” It also means: lord, come!”
Do not think of it as if our Lord left us behind because he was tired of us. Do not think of it as if Jesus would rather enjoy himself in heaven than continue to put up with the evil ways of sinners. Just before he ascended into heaven, he told the Apostles: “know that I am with you always until the end of time.” We cannot see Christ. But he wants us to believe that he is with us. Indeed, more than merely being with us, he wants us to believe that he lives in us. He has ascended. But he is now closer than ever to those who believe. Look for Christ within. As St Paul urged the Christians in Colossae: “Seek the things that are above, because you have died and now your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Does this mean that we live in the clouds, neglecting our duties towards family, colleagues and friends?
No! Since our goal is to like Jesus, we imitate the Master who said: “I did not come to be served but to serve.” Serve others the way you would serve Christ himself. Serve others looking for Christ in them.