Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Paranormal Activity - Jesus Levitates!

Jesus was involved in paranormal activities. Of course! Because He was and is 'paranormal'. Paranormal means not scientifically explainable. In other words, definitely NOT Normal. That's because when Jesus came to earth, He was in very nature God, taking on the appearance of a man (Philippians 2:6-8).

Jesus performed a ton of miracles. Miracles are events that defy the laws of nature and science. Jesus healed the sick, made the blind see, made the deaf hear, walked on water, calmed the sea, fed the hungry, healed the crippled, drove out demons, and even raised the dead back to life! Whoa! And that's just a sampling. Besides specific miracles that are recorded in the New Testament, with specific people, the Bible also talks about general miracles that Jesus did - whole groups of people with various issues.

"Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick." (Matthew 14:14)
"A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all." (Matthew 15:30)
"Large crowds followed him there, and he healed their sick." (Matthew 19:2)

Who knows how many were healed. Hundreds, perhaps thousands over the period of His ministry. The Gospel of John details many miracles by Jesus, however, not every miracle is recorded. 

"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." (John 21:25)

Some of the paranormal activities Jesus was involved in were not just Him performing miracles, but events in His life. For instance, His birth was paranormal. He was born of a virgin! Impossible you say? According to the laws of nature, yes. But, the Creator God invented nature and has sovereignty over it. He can alter it any way He wants to, at any time He wants to. And how about at the baptism of Jesus? The Holy Spirit descends like a dove, settling on Him, and God speaks audibly from Heaven! (Matthew 3:16-17) Not normal! Supernatural!

The 'transfiguration' of Jesus was another incredible paranormal event. 

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:2-5)

Of all the paranormal events Jesus was involved in, the most astounding, far reaching, eternally significant one is His resurrection from the dead! Wow! Because He resurrected, Jesus defeats death itself, and if we are in Christ, we defeat death also. We will resurrect from the dead, and have eternal life with Him, in Heaven.

"And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you." (Romans 8:11)

After Jesus resurrected from the dead, He walked on earth for 40 days, and was seen by many, including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15:6). And then something incredible happened. After giving some final instructions to His disciples, He levitated right before their eyes. That's right! Paranormal activity again! To levitate means to rise or float in the air, in defiance of the physical laws of gravity. Jesus, in bodily form, began floating upward, higher and higher, until He reached the clouds and beyond, and then out of sight. 

After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.  (Acts 1:9)

Can you imagine what the disciples were seeing and thinking? They were trying to see Him as long as they could, for as far as they could, but eventually He was too far away. It's hard to say how long they would have stared into the sky. Fortunately, two angels interrupted their straining. The angels told them that Jesus ascended into the spiritual realm - Heaven. 

As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them.  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” (Acts 1:10-11)

Since Jesus was raised from the dead, He is alive! Death no longer has dominion over Him, or over us for that matter. And since Jesus ascended into Heaven, He is going to come back to get us - His church. He promised that.

"Don't be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." (NLT, John 14:1-4)

His return will be the "grand finale" - "the coup de grace". No one knows when He will come back. But one thing is for sure, He will! And when He does, He will judge the living and the dead, and there will be some amazing paranormal activity, like that which has never been seen. So.... BE READY!

"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come." (NIV, Mark 13:32-33)

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