Many of us have experienced this as children and given the invitation to others to invite Jesus into their hearts. This is truly the expression of Emmanuel found in John 14:19-20. but so often have reduced its stories about Jesus, moral imperatives, and doing what Jesus did. Christ in us was understood by our early Church Fathers as more than a theological mental assent but a lived-out theology of Christ is operating through us to the fullest extent of our availability to Him. We are the physical presence of Christ in the world.
We are not merely ambassadors we are the embodiment of Christ to those around us. Children with their hearts turned towards God are His revelation to those around them. The reality of the incarnation is that the creator inhabits the created. God took up residence in creation through Jesus and continues His inhabitation through us.
Let me take a step backwards here.
Since the beginning, we could not see God face to face. His presence was mediated. When he spoke to Moses’ face to face it was mediated first in a burning bush and then on the mountain through a cloud. You cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live. (Ex. 33:20) No one can see God face to face and so he mediates his face, His presence through us. We are in Christ and he is in us. (Gal. 2:20)
Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”
In union with Christ the whole of a man’s becoming hallowed. The body is not just a container of the Holy Spirit. (Gal 2:20) To know God is to be indwelt by Him for The Kingdom of God has come unto us and into us. It is in the Sanctuary of the Heart is where Heaven and Earth meet.
Emmanuel- God with us
Not in a cloud, not in a fire but in one another
1 Corinthians 3:18 we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory are being transformed into his likeness.
You are a channel for the Real Presence, a medium through which Love Himself can flow.