“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”
(Psalm 139:7-10; King James Bible Version (KJV).
As we live out our days as material beings, we eventually accept the fact that our days, as mortals, are numbered. The material bodies of humans were never meant to last forever. Rather, we are allowed to hang-around, in the finite, material environment, as we ‘play the parts’ of humans, until our true, spiritual self stretches out of the boredom of playing such a limited mortal role. That’s when our true self begins to feel that we’ve done all we want to do, in this limited, material scene; and that’s the time our spiritual awakening begins. Then, like a butterfly leaving its cocoon, a whole, new world begins to open before our eyes, and all things become new.
Our brief time in the material sense of things seems like an eternity, but time is deceptive. I’m convinced that once we’ve humanly fulfilled our individual purpose (or earthly assignment in this material theater) our human assignment is finished. But we still exist after our earthly times take us away from our material view; for the illusion of life as a temporary place is just that…an illusion.
Time always belongs to the forever-ness of God’s creation. Nothing can kill anyone, or anything, in God’s creation. One of the things we have to realize is that, as God’s own children, we are not governed by the sense of material time, nor does time, actually, touch us. Just as the sun seems to disappear when the earth slips behind a cloud, the sun has never, really left us. It is our false sense of things that create our own, deceptive perceptions of time.
When Jesus was roaming the ancient countryside with his disciples, he appeared to be a regular man, preaching words of spiritual knowledge that others did not yet know. His spiritual words angered the current beliefs of the time and threatened those who sat in high places in the hierarchy of the temples. Despite all opposition, however, Jesus continued his own spiritual message, which brought him to his human death on the cross.
At first glance, it appeared that Jesus’s death was the end of his tragic story; but, Christ Jesus was never a regular, material mortal. For three days after his death, Jesus came out of his tomb, showing that his death on the cross was short-lived. For the news of his miraculous return from his physical death became known all through the ancient world; but his return from his death on the cross allowed him to prove that God’s children never die.
Here’s, basically, is what I believe took place: For three days, Christ Jesus stayed ‘dead’ to show this world that God’s children never die. He laid in the grave, or stayed physically dead, for three days so that everyone knew that he had materially died.
But when Christ Jesus came our from his grave, his resurrection proved that he was alive again, so his death had not been permanent. When he made his various appearances in the flesh to let the people know that he had really came back from physical death, he stayed in his worldly form long enough to show the masses that followed him that he truly was alive again; but now he knew that he couldn’t stay in his material form anymore. So, able to stay in his earthly form only a few days or so, Christ Jesus rose above his followers in that scene called, the Ascension, and his physical, world followers saw him no more. By that time, the reports of his ascension were becoming known around the world.
So, when we ‘pass away’ from this material world, we are not lost to God. In physical death, our eyes are closed, but God’s eyes are never closed. Our eyes are closed because we are sleeping in the Light. When we spiritually awaken, we shall open our spiritual eyes and see things as they really are.
The material world of today, however, does not fill our days with the spiritual truths of reality. Sadly, the five, physical senses know very little of what we called, truth. Most of humanity depends only upon what we know as the physical plane. Yet, these material senses do not know the truth of anything. To find the real truths of our existence, we must realize that spiritual sense alone carries the truth of being.
Spiritual realities are studied only by a small segment of our world of today. The population of today’s world still trusts only the five, physical senses as to what constitutes truth, despite the unreliability of these physical senses. Thus, the deeper things of God stay hidden within us, until we seek them out.
Yet, spiritual reality will come to all of us, one day, at the end of days. The biblical book of Revelation speaks of the end-time when the material sense of things ceases to exist. Few individuals study that last part of the Bible in any depth. Still, it’s really not the end of anything; but, rather it’s the beginning of all spiritual knowledge and our forever-ness. It’s our awakening to who we really are and who we’ve always been.
Before his crucifiction, when Jesus was still walking the Earth among the crowds that followed him, one of Jesus’ followers had asked him when the kingdom of God would come. The bible tells us that: “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21-22; KJV).
Christ Jesus’ response, “the kingdom of God is within you” may sound mystical, but it’s actually the solid truth. God’s kingdom, exists only in the spiritual kingdom of God, in which we all exist. We’ve never existed in any other place. Our earthly time and experience is not the kingdom of God. It is our temporary ‘time out’, like a dream we think is real, until we wake up and realize we’d been dreaming.
In the spiritual morning light, we will realize that all of our earthly dreams were never true. Our real ‘Home’ doesn’t give us good in one moment and evil situations in the next. God isn’t double-minded. Only in our earthly dreams do bad things seem to be real. When we all awaken from our earthly time, we’ll find our loved ones again. But we’ll be wide awake, by then.