Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

where is jesus now? Roy Calma

12/3/03

 

 

            John 1:1 in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In the O.T. we see Jesus make several appearances,  In the book of Genesis we see the Word, Jesus, active in the creation. Verse 1:26 says, And God said let “us” make man in “our” image, after “our” likeness.  In the story of Abraham  (Gen. 18) we see “Jesus” as one of the three angels that communed with him.  And then many years later in the story of the burning of the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace, we read  in Dan. 3:25 “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

 

            Luke 1:30 - 33 is the fulfillment of John 1 - 14 “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us , full of grace and truth”. Luke writes, “And the angel said unto Mary, Fear not, for thou hast found favor with God. and behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great. And shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall rule over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” It is to be noted here that Jesus came to earth, to live, die, and be resurrected to sit on his father David’s throne which would make him the ruler over the house of Jacob “forever”.

 

            It seems we have our answer already to the question “Where is Jesus Now”.  According to Luke he is sitting on David’s throne ruling over house of Jacob forever. But let’s dig a little deeper. The fulfillment of  Luke 1:30 - 33, is further explained and  expounded upon in Acts 2: 30 -33. The writer speaking of David says, “ Therefore being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in Hades neither did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, wherefore we are all witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear”.  As we read the next two verses, 34 and 35 we see something that causes us to question what we have already learned.  Verse 34 “For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool”. Now it seems there is a time limit on the reign of Christ on David’s throne, “until thy foes are made thy footstool.

 

            Jesus and his cousin John the Baptist, in about 30 A.D., began to preach about this coming kingdom.  John said it like this: Matt. 3:2 “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”.  Jesus said “all power is given unto me in heaven and earth”.  Then 1 Peter 3:22 explains it-  “Jesus has gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God: angels and authorities and power being made subject unto him”.  Heb. 2:8 “God has put all things in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him”.  And then in 1 Corinthians 15: 24-28 “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him , it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all”.

 

            Paul proclaims the destruction of death in I Corinthians 15: 50-53. Paul is not speaking of physical death for it is with us even unto this day; He is speaking of  spiritual death, that which separates man from God, “Now this I say, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality”. Note also, Paul is writing as if this event, the destruction of death, would happen soon, even in his life time for he says we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.  This fits very well with what Jesus said to his apostles in, Matt. 16: 27-28 “ For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”  Also Matt. 24 says the Lord would come with a great sound of the trumpet along with his angels. And in verse 34 Jesus concludes, “ Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not past till all these things be fulfilled.” The benefits of Christ coming and this victory is explained as we read farther in I Corinthians 15:54-56, “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

 

            We then must conclude that if the victory over Death is still a future event then we do not have eternal life and are still under the Law, and Christ is still ruling on David’s throne over the house of Jacob. For Christ must rule till all enemies are put under Him; the last enemy is Death. But on the other hand if Christ has come and destroyed Death, then as Rom. 8:1-2 declares “ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”. Also God is now all in all as we see in Rev. 22. Christ is no longer on throne of David but is with God on His throne see verse 3 “ And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.” I believe that it is very  important to our future understanding and growth to see Christ  in His eternal state now.  He is not on a temporal throne of David, waiting for something else to happen, but is on His throne, the throne of God and the Lamb that God may be All in All in this the eternal day.

 

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