“Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19 NIV)
Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” (John 16:16 NIV)
The Covid-19 pandemic taught us to choose our close circle wisely. We were allowed to gather in small groups with people that were closest to us to avoid the spread of the virus. We learned that the smaller, the better. We also realized that the people who grew distant from us during that time were also the ones we might not see again.
Prior to His death and resurrection, Jesus promised His distressed disciples that they would see Him again and their temporary sorrow would turn to joy, “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy” (John 16:20). And they did! The risen Jesus was only seen by His close followers because they were the ones who truly loved Him. There was no use revealing Himself again to the unbelieving world that had rejected Him in the first place. The resurrected Christ is still seen by those who seek Him. He lives through the ones who believe in Him.