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I think this is a terrific ad! And I agree with the idea of getting rid of cigarettes!
But let’s think about this a bit. Imagine a world without . . . [What would you insert here?]
I can think of some big issues: SIN DECEIT CRUELTY HARSHNESS CRITICISM MISUNDERSTANDING IDOLATRY BIGOTRY RACISM TEMPTATION INFIDELITY ADULTERY GOSSIP The list could go on and on . . .
Actually the Bible teaches that one day all sin will be a thing of the past! Won’t that be a great day?
Oh, if it were that simple to just think a new car into existence! Without getting too spiritual, isn’t it true that man really wants to be his own CREATOR? Part of our being made in the image of God is our ability to create, but this video defies all logic, doesn’t it? It seems the parts of this new car just materialize out of thin air at the wishes of the young man sitting down.
That’s power, isn’t it? While ingenuous, this commercial doesn’t inspire me to find the building he was on, plot myself down on that simple chair, and think a new car into existence around me! It makes me grateful for man’s creativity — which he got from His Maker!
I believe there is a place for what I call sanctified imagination. If Christians are right about their immediately going to be “with the Lord” upon death, wouldn’t it be the case that Lazarus has just spent several days with His Lord? In heaven?
I know. I know. Some believers think that the Old Testament saints went to a kind of pre-heaven, a holding tank where they awaited the Lord Jesus’ completing the work of atonement and then they would be transferred into heaven proper.
I know the theory. I don’t buy it. I don’t think David and Moses and Abraham were in a lesser state of existence after they died simply because they were Old Testament believers.
So, if we assume Lazarus had been with the Father in heaven, let’s go one step further and imagine a conversation the two had together:
The Father: “Lazarus, it is so good to have you here!”
Lazarus: “Yes, Lord. That sickness was awful and I thought Your Son would save me from death, but I’m sure He had His reasons for staying away.”
The Father: “Yes, Lazarus. About that. We have a plan, but we need your help.”
Lazarus: “My help? I’m dead, Lord.”
The Father: “Yes, yes. I know. And I’m sure you are enjoying the sights and sounds here in heaven with me.”
Lazarus: “Absolutely. It makes death almost welcome to be here with You!”
The Father: “Lazarus, there was something far more important for my Son than His keeping you from dying.”
Lazarus: “Whatever could that be, Lord?
The Father: “Raising you from the dead, as a public event, would provide a significant proof of my Son’s identity and that I sent Him to planet earth on His mission.”
Lazarus: “I’m more than glad to help, Father. But wouldn’t that mean . . .”
The Father: “Yes, Lazarus. I’m afraid so. I need you to go back and get resurrected.”
Lazarus: “Father, I will do it. I want Your Son brought glory more than anything else. More than I want to be with You here in heaven!”
The next voice Lazarus heard was Jesus’ — and it was shouting, “Lazarus, come out!” (to be continued)