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The Celtic Knot

April 29, 2009

Totknot1he Celtic Knot is an apt symbol for how both heaven and earth are intertwined, overlapping and interconnecting.  Perhaps that is a puzzle to you but the Gospel of John is clear about this. We live in a much larger world than we imagine. Sometimes this larger reality breaks in and intrudes upon our world and we are allowed to see it. When Elisha and his collegue were surrounded by a contigent of soldiers his collegue panicked and said,”What shall we do? Elisha said, “Do not be afraid, for there are more with us than there are with them.” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” The Lord did so, “and he saw; the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” For a brief moment in time Elisha was given a glimpse of another world and with his own eyes.  It was not a hallucination in the mind or the imaginings of a delusional man. The  Bible is clear. Elisha sees what could, at least for a moment, be scientifically and empirically proved, then it is gone. Such a thing is utterly impossible to our modern liberal scientific minds. But that is how the Bible puts it.

We are familiar with the story of the resurrected Jesus suddenly appearing to the disciples behind locked doors. In that moment of revelation they are enabled to see what had always been true. Jesus had been there all along. Then Thomas touches Jesus’ hands and side. Note the physicality. Sometimes we are permitted to see and touch and smell this other, what we often call, spiritual world. With his appearing among us the Kingdom of God has come near. Those who are in Christ Jesus become participants with Jesus in this other reality which is most characterized by a new quality of life empowered by the Holy Spirit. And like Jesus those who believe in him stand at the intersect where heaven and earth meet. It is not merely a warm feeling in the heart or a trick of the mind. No, it has physicality to it. We are in a literal sense already living within that world called eternal life, though not complete in all its fullness, where heaven and earth are intertwined, overlapping and interconnecting. 

What does that point at which heaven and earth meet look like? What do you see taking place there? What are people doing? What are you doing?

 

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