Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” – Luke 24:36
After Jesus was raised from the dead, before His ascension, he appeared to His disciples a few times and also to others. The fact that we live after He ascended to the Father does not mean that He cannot and will not appear today. Just as He was with them, so He is with us. I remember praying late one night a few years ago, continually saying “Lord, I want to see you.” As I was busy praying, not out loud, but in a whispered voice, the doorbell rang. I opened the door and a homeless man that was clearly drunk, stood in the door. He pointed his finger at me and said: “you will see the Lord.” He turned around and walked away. I stood there totally shocked by what just happened. A few years after this incident Jesus appeared to me in my room one night and the word came to pass, I saw Him.
Jesus appeared to His disciples a few times where Thomas was not present with them, but one time He was with them and Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your hands in my side.” Many people speak about unbelieving Thomas and make his unbelief the focus of that meeting, but even though Thomas had unbelief in his heart, the main point is the goodness of Jesus. Jesus did not leave Thomas in his unbelief but invited him to put his hand in his side and to feel that it is really Him. Beloved friend, Jesus will also meet you where you are. You need to know that He will do anything to reveal Himself to you. He is not withholding anything of Himself from you. The supernatural appearances of angels, visions, and dreams that we read of in the book of Acts was not only for that generation many years ago. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
I am not implying today that you must wait for that moment when Jesus appears to you physically and now think that that is the only way in which you can see Him, no. Those encounters are amazing, but we can also see Jesus continually with our spiritual eyes. Jesus said: “the world will not see me, but you will see me” (John 14:19). I believe there are many times in our lives where Jesus shows Himself to us, but we just do not see or realize it. You can ask Jesus to open your spiritual eyes. Do not wait for supernatural visions, dreams, or appearances, but always expect that it can happen to you. Like with anything in the Christian life, it starts with a desire. I call that desire a hunger. May your hunger increase as you hear today that it can happen to you. Keep on looking to Him in your everyday life. He said, “the world will not see me, but you will see me…” He is constantly revealing Himself to people who have a hunger to know Him. The greatest truth is that Jesus is always with us and even in us as Believers. You can be aware of it or not, but HE IS RIGHT THERE BY YOUR SIDE.
Acts 2 verse 17 – 19:” And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions (divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream dreams…”