Jesus Walking the Streets?

Jesus Walking the Streets?
 

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Jesus were still walking among us today? 

He would teach with authority, giving us certainty about all religious truths and morals.  There would not be hundreds of different denominations, each disagreeing with the others on what it means to be Christian or how one is saved. There would be clear answers on all moral issues, even ones that did not exist in biblical times, such as human cloning or in vitro fertilization. 

People would be able to go to Jesus with sorrow for their sins, asking for forgiveness.  Just like the sinful woman in Luke 7, they would be able to hear him say to them, "Your sins are forgiven, go in peace."  What great joy, to hear with your own ears that you have been forgiven by Jesus! 

Even though he has already won our salvation through his sacrifice on the Cross, there would still be plenty for Jesus to do here on earth.  Wherever he went, he would heal the sick, cast out demons, and feed the hungry. Crowds would flock to him wherever he went, just trying to get a glimpse of him, because there is still a need for the Lord's ministry today. 

As wonderful as this would be, in such a scenario the Lord's ministry would be greatly limited by time and distance. He would only be able to be at one place at a time, helping this or that group of people.  Jesus chose instead to give us an even more marvelous gift: he trained his apostles to continue his ministry when he was gone.  They and their successors would lead the Church, the living family of believers through which Jesus continues his ministry across the world until the end of time. 

Through his Church, Jesus continues to teach his truth with authority to all the nations, so that all may know the way to eternal life.  Through his Church, he continues to provide guidance and leadership to his followers. Through his Church, Jesus continues to cast out demons, heal the sick, feed the hungry, and forgive sins. 

Over the next couple of months, we will explore the different aspects of this Church as described in holy Scripture.  The Church that Jesus started is a visible organization, united in teachings and leadership.  It can trace its authority and teachings back to the apostles, and it is a worldwide family of faith.  For more information, give us a call or check out CatholicBridge.com. And If you've been away for a while, we'd like to welcome you home. 

 

 

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