Himself to us in our daily walk and be our dearest Friend. Though Jesus was never seen on earth after His ascension into heaven at the Mount of Olivet, His unseen presence was a constant reality to the early believers. He had promised at His departure to be with them, and us, always, even to the end of the age. He assured us He would never leave us nor forsake us. Christ dwelling with and in us was to be the hope of our glory and also of His. He said He would not leave us comfortless, or like orphaned children, but would come to us. He said that if we loved Him, His Father would love us, and He Himself would love us and reveal or manifest Himself to us. When questioned as to how such a miracle would take place, He answered that He and His Father would come and take up their abode, or permanent dwelling place, with us. This, He assured us, would give us a precious peace like He Himself had enjoyed on earth, and we would never need to let our hearts be troubled or afraid.
This was wonderfully true in the lives of the first Christians. Somehow we are prone to delegate this reality to the first century; but dear reader, it is just as true for you today! Jesus walked the dusty road of life with the Emmaus disciples, though their hearts were filled with unbelief, and though they accused Him of being a stranger to where they were and indifferent to their hearts' needs. They could not see Him, did not recognize His voice, and looked to each other for answers to their questions and solutions to their problems.