We have always known this with family. Though nice to be able to see someone on FaceTime, it is still a poor substitute for having the person right there with you. Schools have realized that while the computer is a handy tool, learning and social interaction occur best when teachers and students share the same physical space. And church attenders have learned that while you can hear the message in multiple ways, it is while in the community with other believers that one feels more a part of the body of Christ.
In Person is good. In Person is desirable. This is why when Christ told his disciples he was leaving (John 16), they were not happy. In fact, they were sorrowful, for they had been with Him––In Person––for three years. Now what?
This weekend, Easter, marks two life-altering events. It is the date that Christ provided the ultimate sacrifice for our sins thus providing the way of redemption and salvation … and it started the countdown to the world-wide ministry of the Holy Spirit.
What the disciples initially saw as a huge personal loss, proved to be a universal gain, for now God, through the Holy Spirit, would be with each and every believer—In Person.