"And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And He saith unto them, Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him. And going on from thence, He saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him." Matthew 4:18-22
One did not have to be in the direct presence of the Lord Jesus, even when He was upon the earth, to have His presence known. There are instances where the Lord Jesus healed those who were not even near Him. We, however, are blessed in that we not only have the Lord Jesus near us, we have Him within us.
"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27
As Christians the very God of the universe, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings has come to reside in our spirits. In this moment there is not a single person who has to be distant from the Lord Jesus unless he chooses to be so.
"The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy." Psalm 14:8
The Bible tells us the Lord "delighteth in mercy." There is plentiful pardon to be found in Him. He waits to shower us with His love, His mercy and His grace.
"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you."