Where Is Jesus and What Is He Doing Right Now?
Where is Jesus and what is he up to? If someone asked you these questions, would you know how to answer them? It is more likely than ever that someone may ask you these questions. For example, web searches for the question, “Where Is Jesus Now” have tripled over the last ten years. Folks are wondering about Jesus. What would you tell them?
Where Is Jesus Now?
In order to answer, “Where Is Jesus Now,” let’s talk first about where Jesus is not.
Jesus is not on the cross.
Although we may picture him on the cross, Jesus isn’t there anymore. The cross was a one-time historical event that divided all of history and humanity. The cross has implications for us all. However, compared with all of eternity, Jesus spent just a small amount of time on the cross.
Jesus is not in hell.
The Apostle’s Creed says, “[He] was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.” So yes, Jesus did descend into hell after he died, but like the cross, he’s not there anymore.
Jesus is not coming out of the grave.
On Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus. Jesus conquered sin and death by his resurrection; this was one-of-a-kind. But Jesus didn’t die just to be raised. The resurrection is not the apex of Christianity–there’s more.
Jesus is not on the earth.
Acts 1 says that after Jesus was raised from the dead, “He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.” And after that, “he was taken up before their very eyes…” In his place, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be on earth for him.
So if Jesus is not on the cross, not in hell, not coming out of the grave, and not on earth, then where is he?
Ephesians 1:20 says, “[God the Father] raised [Christ] from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.”
Jesus is seated with God.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God in the heavenly realms.
Here’s what’s so special about where Jesus is now, according to the Book of Ephesians:
- Jesus is far above all rule and authority. Not a little above. Far above.
- And not just far above some rule and authority. Far above all rule and authority.
- And not just far above all rule and authority. Far above all power and dominion.
And not just above all that, but far above every title that can be given:
- Not just in this age, but in the age to come.
- Higher than every title we can think of conferring on dignitaries and luminaries and leaders in the present or in the future.
And not only that but:
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God because God has placed all things under his feet.
- And God appointed Jesus to be head over everything so that He fills everything in every way.
I can hardly contain myself because of all the glorious implications of Jesus’ heavenly position, but it leads to another question.
What Is Jesus Doing Now?
The question, “What is Jesus doing now?” is of ultimate significance. If Jesus is long dead in a tomb, it doesn’t matter how we live beyond trying to “memorialize” him the way we say about dead people, “I am going to do this because Grandma would have wanted it.”
And if Jesus is a flimsy flappy angel (not the way angels actually are, but the way we imagine them to be), happily flittering away and only thinking of what tune to play on his harp, he can’t do much in terms of the entire universe. But Jesus is neither dead nor flimsy flappy.
Here are seven things I believe Jesus is doing right now:
- Building the Church
- Abiding in relationships
- Bringing all things under his feet
- Inviting unbelievers to redemption
When someone asks you where Jesus is or what he is doing, I pray you’ll be ready with an answer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chris Heinz
Chris Heinz is the Founder and CEO of Munyay, which creates coaching solutions to help you love your life and work. He’s also the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc. and is an ICF Certified Coach and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Chris enjoys coaching people, writing, and speaking on the topics of engagement, coaching, strengths, prayer, and the Christian life. He’s the author of the Made to Pray book and prayer assessment. Chris lives with his wife and three children in central Pennsylvania, where they play at their cabin-on-a-creek.