Over 100 years ago Mark Twain wrote: “If Jesus Christ was here right now the one thing He would not be is a Christian.” In the context of that era one cannot be entirely sure what Twain meant. But 100 years later I can speculate that it had something to do with the difference between Your movement as You envisioned it and how it exists in the present.
The truth is, that statement could have been made any time during the past 2000 years – but there is a certain lack of validity to it based on what appears to be a misunderstanding. You still. Most emphatically, desire the means and outcomes of Your movement. But (and this must be what Twain refers to) we humans, over time, have done a fine job of muddling it up.
If what You taught by word and action is the epitome of being Christian, why would You want to be less? And why, in fact, are we less? Our human nature and free will may assent in theory to the perfection of Your movement in our lives, but we allow so many other things to get in its way that we become far less than ideal Christians. Our lives seem like an uphill struggle to reach that kind of perfection.
If You were to come back here right now I think Mark Twain would have to eat his words. You would teach us and show us again the message of Your movement which came to be known as Christianity. The fact that we, right here and now, want to be good Christians is a testimony that You are with us in the present. What You taught and showed us still has meaning and promise no matter how badly our own thoughts, words, and actions mess it up. On the contrary, if You were here right now the one thing You would be is exactly who You were 2000 years ago.