Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

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Jesus was standing there in that room in Jerusalem, and the reality of what had happened so recently was becoming very powerful for the band of intimate followers that included the disciples and others close to them and to Jesus. Although Jesus had been killed, murdered by the hands of the Romans at the instigation of the Jewish temple leaders, here He was. Jesus was in the room with them, and He had been with them several other times after the day of crucifixion. He even eats with them. The Christ is undeniably real and completely present in this world.

 

Jesus affirms for them the fact that the entirety of His life including His death, resurrection, and presence at that moment is both a part and the completion of the whole of the bible narrative. Everything written in what Jesus refers to as the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms, what we know as the Old Testament, is about God’s relationship to people and to the rest of Creation; and all of God’s Word points to His self-sacrificing response to and resolution for the separation that our willful sin has caused to come between ourselves and God. In Jesus, the Christ, God has come into our midst and into our lives.

 

Now relationship with God in this life and beyond it into all of time is based upon an individual and a personal decision of faith that each person needs to make. Christ is present. He is not far away or hidden away as if shrouded in mystery or secret rite and ritual. The Savior is here in the room with us. He joins us in the heights and the depths of living out our days. He brings us our food and He feeds us on God’s word of life. His words of truth echo in the room around us, and they resonate in our hearts and minds. God is with us, and His presence is Jesus Christ. The fulfillment of God’s desire is found in our acceptance of relationship with Him, and the fulfillment of our new life in Christ is gained as we proclaim this eternal truth to the entire world.