John 11:41 Then they took away the stone [from the place] where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up [his] eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
When we were ignorant of the dead we all may recollect closing doors and locking doors so that ghosts (dead people spirits) do not enter one’s room or house.
Today as we know more of the spirit world we may laugh at all that we did. But this kind of ignorance is yet found in many religions for instance in Islam Mohammed believed evil spirits / human spirits could not enter a room if the door was closed! He also had some real weird notions like people get cool because an evil spirit resides in the nostrils.
Death and spirit world has always been a mystery to mankind. Like we see in today’s message people including Jews who had no understanding of scriptures used to seal tombs with large stones not because people would rob the body but because they feared the dead would rise and their spirit escape. It is only in the Bible that we get the proper understanding of life, death and spirit world.
We many a time use the term ‘Holy ghost’ for the ‘Holy Spirit’ without realizing ‘ghost’ is a term used for a dead human’s spirit.
After His resurrection even though Jesus was manifested in the flesh and could be touched yet we see He could pass through walls and appear in different places in an instant. We see others too (both in OT and NT) did this feat even without dying.
A few days back I was in discussion with a sister on FB who being a born-again Christian yet believed all living things are ultimately made of energy. I do not blame her, for I too loving science (particle physics in particular) thought the same until I realized our knowledge is very limited.
Voyager spacecraft took a photo of earth from the rings of Saturn and earth looked like a spec of dot. Imagine 7.9 billion human beings dwelling on a dot and the dreams they carry dwelling on a dot! Our natural life is like seeing things from ground level while Spirit world is like seeing things from space. The day I really understood the term ‘spirit’, changed my understanding of scriptures and many scriptures became anew to me.
Let us not be ignorant of things especially when we hold a book which discloses everything about life every clearly to us. Let us duly study and understand scriptures through the help of the Holy Spirit so that we walk in light and not in darkness.
Lord You are Almighty God. Your world is unlike our natural world. You are Omnipresent thus dwell everywhere yet this world You created is for a moment and once its purpose is done it will cease to exist. Lord we pray we concentrate on understand the Spirit world where we will spend eternity if saved in You or the rest of our long spirit lives suffering if rejected…
This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
2 Peter 3:5-8
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Dated 26 September 2019