If you were to choose between a physical Lamborghini versus a phantom one, I bet you’d pick the former (just like me). After reading several stories in the Bible, mostly in the New Testament, I somewhat envied those who encountered physical Christ. I pine for the physical Christ of the Bible in lieu of the phantom One as we have today (I am referring to the Spirit of Christ as in the Holy Spirit). Just so you can feel my pain here, let me take you through some of those stories.
First, the story of the woman with the issue of blood as illustrated in Mark 5:25-34. Imagine that you so badly are in need of healing, healing of just about any kind, and all you had to do was to imitate the action of that woman. Think about it, you don’t have to spend a dime neither do you have to endure the pain for very long as you seek medical intervention; all you need to do is just to approach the physical Christ and like the woman, you say to yourself, if I may just but touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed. You touch the hem of His garment and tada – you are healed. That is it! (God knows I won’t only touch the hem, but grab the garment with my two hands)
Second, consider the case of Blind Bartimeaus who only heard that physical Christ was passing by. In other words, the physical Christ came his way and Mr. Bartimeaus only had to call on His attention which he did and, of course, this blind man received his sight instantly.
To crown it all, look at the scene in Matthew 9:35 which tells us that, Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Now that is really captivating! Basically, there was not a single sick person in those gatherings who didn’t get healed after encountering physical Christ. Now don’t tell me that you aren’t beginning to pine and yearn for physical Jesus?
In as much as I prefer to have physical Christ over phantom Jesus and think that those who lived during the time of physical Christ were privileged, I have some counter-thoughts though. One is that, even if physical Christ still walks the streets of Jerusalem, doing His things, will I actually be able to meet Him there, seeing that I am miles away? I say this because I believe that if physical Christ still lived in Jerusalem, meeting with Him will probably be commercialized (maybe not according to His consent). In that case, making the trip will be gravely difficult probably leaving me bankrupt; I speak as human.
Drawing insight from Hebrews 8:7 which says, if the first covenant wasn’t faulty, there will be no need for a second, I like to believe that if truly it wasn’t necessary for phantom Christ to sub in for physical Christ then the Coach (God) won’t have allowed it. Furthermore, it is clear that, from a spiritual point of view, we know that, that same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us that’s phantom Christ at work. Therefore, we can now receive the healing we require internally not necessarily always externally, and because it is from the inside-out, we can be made whole completely.
That said, it isn’t to say that I won’t be excited and desirous to have physical Christ presents Himself to me. In fact, I look forward to that and will always cherish that moment and I am sure you will too.