Day 252 – Circle of Life
On: July 10, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” Luke 20:37-39
Jesus, having opened out the Sadducees intellectual marriage puzzle into a window to eternity, now gives us another insight connecting life and death. We are given a sneak preview into how God sees life on Earth, with the simple thought that: “to Him, all are alive”. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, although well and truly dead from a human perspective at the time God was chatting to Moses from the burning bush (Exodus 3),are stated to be alive and with God. And they are there courtesy of their faith, not by running up a healthy credit with their Maker. eg: “Abraham believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:6
The book of Hebrews is a roll call of those who we will meet in heaven: These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40
Rather than looking at our lives as a straight line, terminating when we get to the end, perhaps a more helpful picture is the sun sweeping across the sky. When it sets in the evening, it doesn’t disappear, it continues it’s life beyond our horizon. It’s still there; we simply can’t see it, as we are limited to our time and place. This is a rather different circle of life to those who look for reincarnation here on Earth.
Our main problem is that we are always inclined to see things from where we stand (it’s that problem of sin again, with I at the centre). If we allow our eyes to look to Jesus, God the Son, our perspective will change. For God is the great I AM, where life on Earth is preparation for an eternal present. And God the Son came to Earth to prepare us for Heaven – if we will accept His offer of life.
There was no other good enough To pay the price of sin He only could unlock the gate Of heaven and let us in (Words: Cecil Alexander)