No ladies, there's not a holiday sale at your local department store. There's this story in the Bible that's got me to thinking. It's the story where Jesus' friend, Lazarus, dies and four days later Jesus comes on the scene and brings him back to life. I've used this story numerous times for funeral messages as it shows a Jesus who is close to the broken hearted. But this week, as I studied this passage in order to teach it on Sunday, I thought of something that I had never before considered.
Stay with me on this.
If I'm right in believing that our spirit departs from our body upon death and immediately enters either Paradise or Hades [based upon our faith or lack there of], and Lazarus went to Paradise to be in the presence of God, then when Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead he actually removed his friend from the presence of God in order to extend his physical life on earth.
If that be true, am I the only one who thinks that Lazarus may have gotten the short end of the stick? Sure, his two sisters were tickled pink, but Lazarus has just been hanging out in the presence of God for four days and was no doubt lovin' it and all of the sudden he's jerked back to earth and life as usual. Bummer.
The only way I can make sense of it is to think that maybe God graciously gave Lazarus a dose of heavenly amnesia and therefore he was unable to recollect how incredible the other side really was.
Just a thought. I'd love to hear what you think.