Encountering the Divine: The Biblical Perspective on Praying to Jesus, Meeting Him, and His Resurrection

Published on Dec 14 2023Updated on Dec 14 20235 min read

Exploring the rich tapestry of Christian theology, this blog post delves into the profound mysteries and teachings surrounding the figure of Jesus Christ, prayer, and the very nature of God. Drawing from biblical scripture, we seek to illuminate these complex topics, offering clarity and insight into the heart of Christian belief and practice. From understanding how to pray to Jesus, to envisioning His glorified state, and fostering a deep longing to meet Him, we journey through the pages of the Bible to find answers that have captivated the hearts of believers for centuries.

Desiring to Meet Jesus

The desire to meet Jesus is a powerful yearning shared by many faithful. While physical encounters with Christ are recorded during His earthly ministry, today's believers find His presence in spiritual communion and the fellowship of the church. Jesus reassured His followers, \"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them\" (Matthew 18:20), affirming His spiritual presence in communal worship. Moreover, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the 'Helper' promised by Jesus (John 14:16-17), facilitates an intimate connection with Him. This relationship is not just for the present; it carries the hope of a future, glorious meeting at Jesus' second coming as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, where believers will be united with Christ eternally.

The Appearance of Jesus

Scripture is less concerned with detailing the earthly visage of Jesus and more focused on His divine mission and spiritual authority. Isaiah 53:2 speaks of the coming Messiah in humble terms, suggesting an unremarkable outward appearance. Yet, in the book of Revelation, we find a striking portrayal of the risen and exalted Christ whose head and hairs are \"white like wool, as white as snow\" and eyes \"like a flame of fire\" (Revelation 1:14-16). These descriptions are rich in symbolic meaning, pointing to His divine wisdom, purity, and penetrating judgment. The Bible directs us to seek a deeper connection with Jesus, beyond the physical, as Paul writes, \"So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view\" (2 Corinthians 5:16), urging us to recognize the spiritual essence of Christ's presence among us. For a deeper exploration of how to navigate our faith in the modern world and understand the spiritual essence of such teachings, consider reading our insights on sin, pride, and spiritual growth.

The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus

The cornerstone of Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus, an event that transformed the landscape of religious belief and offered hope of eternal life. The Gospel accounts, such as Matthew's description of the empty tomb and the angel's message, \"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said\" (Matthew 28:5-6), affirm the reality of His resurrection. Jesus' post-resurrection appearances to His disciples, including the famous encounter with Doubting Thomas (John 20:24-29), further cement the truth of His victory over death. The Ascension of Jesus into heaven is another pivotal moment, marking the conclusion of His earthly ministry and the beginning of a new relationship with humanity through the promised Holy Spirit (Acts 1:3-11). This event not only signifies Jesus' return to the Father but also serves as a prelude to the Christian anticipation of His second coming.


The discussions above reflect a small portion of the vast and deep well of Christian doctrine and belief. Through the study of scripture, prayer, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, believers continue to explore their relationship with Jesus Christ, the nature of God, and the promise of eternal life. The essence of these teachings encourages a personal and transformative journey of faith, leading to a closer connection with the divine. As we have seen, this journey is enriched by the biblical teachings on prayer, the anticipation of meeting Jesus, and the power of His resurrection and ascension. Each aspect draws us into a deeper understanding and a more profound experience of God's love and grace. For more insights on how these teachings can help us navigate life's challenges with faith and wisdom, join me in exploring the connection between divine wisdom and everyday resilience.


Q: Do we pray to Jesus?
A: Yes, according to the Bible, we can pray to Jesus. In John 14:14, Jesus himself said, \"If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.\" This shows that we can pray to Jesus, seeking His help, guidance, and blessings.

Q: Is it true that when we pray to Jesus, we are also praying to God the Father?
A: When we pray to Jesus, we are indeed also praying to God the Father. In John 10:30, Jesus said, \"I and the Father are one.\" This indicates the unity and oneness of Jesus with God the Father. Therefore, when we pray to Jesus, we are approaching the Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Q: Does the Bible give a detailed physical description of Jesus?
A: The Bible does not give a detailed physical description of Jesus during His earthly ministry. However, in the book of Revelation, there is a description of Jesus in His glorified state (Revelation 1:14-16).

Q: How can we experience the presence of Jesus today?
A: Although we cannot physically meet Jesus in the same way as those during His earthly ministry, we can still experience His presence through prayer, reading the Bible, and through the love and actions of other believers. Jesus promised His presence when believers gather in His name (Matthew 18:20) and through the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17).

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