Did you know that Jesus is actually present in the Church? St. Paul calls it a mystery revealed but he says that Christ is in you – meaning the church.
While each church denomination claims this to be "the true church" in some sort of fashion (be it physically or spiritually) I am initially taken by Paul’s apparent lack of clarification on this point. The Romanist will have filled in the thought by thinking to themselves ‘of course Jesus is present in the church, every time we take the Eucharist’, and the Protestant would think to themselves the same thing about the individual believers ‘who are filled with the Holy Spirit’. Yes, my thoughts here are gross generalizations but I hope to make the point.
However, I actually do think Paul clarified his thought. I believe that it was clarified by the context when he stated in 1:24 “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.”
In Paul’s church-view he recognizes the necessity of the individual and the church being visibly sacrificial to the world – Just as visible as Jesus hanging bodily on the Cross. For in the forgiveness of sin there was nothing lacking in Christ’s body (For it is finished) but Jesus said that if we would be his disciples then we would pick up our own crosses daily and sacrificially follow him (Matthew 16, Luke 9, & Mark 8). The reality is that we (individually as well as corporately) fill up what Jesus was unable to do in his flesh – and that is to exist in his individual flesh in the world after his ascension. For this is why the Church is called “His Body”.
I guess the point that I am trying to make is that we, Christians, are never alone, we are never free from the resurrected Jesus through the Spirit of God. Just as Jesus is present in our churches he is also present in our lives- Always. I am troubled by the myriads of us Christians who believe that just because the Eucharist has been put away or that we have left the church building that Jesus too is no longer present. However, if Jesus in our minds and in our churches is not a constant light but rather blinks on and off like a faulty neon sign then we really need to consider if Jesus is really present in our lives in the first place.
Go ahead and read the passage at the link below. I’m hoping it will cause us all to think.