On: November 24, 2014 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.'” [Luke 2:13-14]
A terrifying appearance by an angel gives way to an outburst of praise from a great company of the heavenly host. An announcement of activity on Earth is overtaken by worship in Heaven. This blurring of the boundary between Earth and Heaven, the seen and the (usually) unseen, time and eternity – should it surprise us? Naysayers will, of course, explain it away as a contrived story dreamt up by vivid imaginations leading to mass hysteria. And so the argument, more or less, has run down the centuries.
We’re all entitled to our own opinion, and such a view might suffice for those unable or unprepared to consider the evidence. But hanging on to such a view severely strains the bounds of likelihood in the light of centuries of encounters with a dimension outside our own everyday experience.
The Bible is awash with what we might term “extra dimensional encounters” (EDE for short) – Moses on Sinai, Joshua near Jericho, Jesus on Hermon, Peter in Joppa, John on Patmos. In the millennia since, there is no shortage of EDE stories, a recently example being captured in the intriguing book “90 Minutes in Heaven” by Cecil Murphey.
All this may run counter to the limitations of much contemporary scientific opinion, but there seems to be a massive EDE archive which cannot be swept under the carpet, however awkward to explain, let alone understand. But then, everyday believers walking daily with God, worshipping Him, serving their fellow travellers – they are marching to an unheard tune, under the command of an unseen Captain, living life by the rule of an invisible Kingdom. Is not the whole walk of faith an EDE? Wahey!
Lord Jesus, where and how does time intersect with eternity? You know because you stepped from eternity into time and then back out again. Awesome, the mere concept blows me away! Open my mind to more of Your Kingdom that I may know You better and walk more confidently in the footsteps of the King. Amen.