In our virtual Sunday School each Sunday, seen on Zoom, we are addressing some probing questions by our children. Examples include,
1) Do we eat in heaven?
2) Are there animals in heaven?
3) Will old people be old in heaven or be young like when they were young.
4) What does the Holy Spirit look like?
We encourage our young people to ask these questions, no matter how hard they may be to answer. We teach them never to stop asking. Need I say what a challenge it is for Kelly and me to answer?
One question asked is how can God be with someone from New Jersey while being at the same time with someone from California? The answer is that God is God who can do all things. God has no limits. God is almighty. The Bible says, “From everlasting to everlasting thou art God.” Of what use would a god be who could do nothing more than human beings can do?
The Bible affirms that God created the universe. All that exists is in the hand of God. It is all held together in him. In him we live and move and have our being.
In a time of great dissension and distrust, we need to remember our unity in him. We are one in the Lord. In the church we know this. In Ephesians 4 we read, “I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” There is an essential unity in the Christian church which we are called to uphold. The unity is in Christ who taught us to love one another.
In Revelation 7 we read, “9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
God can and does care for the person in California as well as the Jerseyian, for the North Korean as well as the Thai, for the Dutch person as well as the Japanese person. For everyone everywhere. For his church of every name and rite. Because he is God, our Creator and King.
Will you pray with me? Lord, we tend to care for ourselves above all else. Help us to remember the words of our children’s song, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” Give us an expansive love like your own. Help us to see we are part of a church that extends shore to shore and land to land. Help us to rejoice in the breadth of your love. We ask in Jesus name. Amen.