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How do we explain the fact that Jesus has never appeared to you?

Why would Jesus appear to me?

JesusGod is not some stage illusionist who randomly appears to people. Why would He do that? What would be His purpose?

When God incarnate (Jesus) walked the earth 2000 years ago it wasn't random, He had a purpose.

"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” - Luke 19:10

He came to die, and in that way save the lost.

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” - Philippians 2:8

Jesus came to die on the cross, satisfying the wrath of God, the just penalty for our disobeying God. He died, paying the penalty for all who would believe and trust Him as their Savior.

Why would Jesus appear to anyone today? Some people say that if He just appeared and spoke to them, they'd believe He was real.

First, Jesus does not want you to just believe He is real. The demons believe that God (Jesus) is real and they shutter in fear (James 2:19). Jesus wants you to believe that He is your Savior.

Second, 2000 years ago Jesus (God incarnate) walked this earth. He spoke with thousands of people, and taught tens of thousands. He did things only God can do, including supernatural miracles, forgiving sins, and knowing what people were thinking. And was crucified, dead (there was no doubt), buried, and on the third day He rose from dead... proving that everything He said and promised was true. And what was the result? They couldn't get to Him any longer, but His followers were rejected; they were mocked; they were hated; they are spit on; they are killed. They same as was done to Jesus.

Jesus was rejected 2000 years ago. Why would anyone think anything different would happen today? There is no reason for Him to appear to me, or you... we have scripture and eyewitness reports. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus Jesus explains this truth:

Lazarus has died and is heaven. A rich man dies and sees both Lazarus and father Abraham. The rich man recognizes that he is in the fires of hell and wants to warn his still living brothers that they face they same fate. So he asks Abraham to send Lazarus to warn them. Here is the ending of the parable. The rich man is speaking:

"Then I beg you, father, that you send him [Lazarus] to my father’s house—for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment." But Abraham said, "They have Moses and the Prophets [scripture]; let them hear them." But he said, "No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets [scripture - the Bible], they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead." - Matthew 16:27-31

What did Jesus say in this parable? That if you do not believe the Bible, you will not believe even if someone returns from the dead. Why would Jesus appear to me or you? There is no reason for Him to do that. We have all we need in the Bible, and if you do not believe based on what is in scripture, even Jesus appearing to you will not result in your believing.

Here Is What Jesus Wants You To Believe

You are a sinner, meaning you have disobeyed God. You have lied; you have stolen (taken things that do not belong to you); and you are a murderer -- Jesus said that if you are angry with someone, or called them a fool, you have murdered them in your heart. And God looks at your heart. And these are just three of the Ten Commandments. Your conscience tells you that you have done wrong.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God - Romans 3:23

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us - Romans 5:8

For the wages of sin [disobeying God] is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23

But the cowards [those who are afraid to trust Christ], faithless, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” - Revelation 21:8

Now the question is, what can you do about this? Is there anything you can do to save yourself from the second death? No, there isn't.

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9

All you can do is trust Jesus... give up on yourself and trust Jesus. There is no other option.

"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!" - Mark 1:15

The good news is that Jesus died in your place. He died... taking your sin on Himself and giving Himself to the full wrath of God that you should have received. He died so you could live. Believe!

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