Simple facts can often be significant . . . and often unadverted to. Consider the Last Supper. Obviously, the Apostles had to be present in order to participate in it. Wonderful as it was, it would have been of no benefit to Peter if he had decided not to attend. And yet, this trivial observation takes us into the heart of our faith, viz., that Jesus—who, as the Son of God, is omnipresent—was located at a given place, at a given time. That’s what we mean when we say that the eternal Word of God became man, was incarnate, in the flesh, in the here and now.

The implications of this fact are important. For one thing, it means that two thousand years ago in Palestine to encounter God in Christ you had to go where he could be found; for he was here and not there, today and not yesterday or tomorrow. People recognized and acted on this knowledge. Recall the paralytic lowered through the roof when the house was too full to permit access to Jesus through the door; or the crowds that followed him into the desert; or Zacchaeus in his sycamore tree; or the woman who came to anoint Jesus in the house of Simon the Pharisee.

A second implication of the physical presence of God in the man Jesus is this: that Jesus rose from the dead in that self-same body. In other words, in the risen Christ God is still located physically. The holy women encountered him at the tomb, and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Thomas touched his wounds in the upper room, and Jesus fed the Apostles on the shore of the Lake of Galilee.

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