You're at a funeral. Close friend passed. Sad time. The eulogy portion of the program begins. And a mutual friend gets up. To offer hope and comfort he says of the deceased
"He is looking down on us today."
But is he? Are people who have died actually looking down on their friends and relatives? Are they smiling down on you, proud of your accomplishments? Are they able to see what's going on in your life, not from up close, but at least from a distance, from the afterlife?
These questions are rareley pondered because it has become so commonplace in our culture and society to say things like that.
The Word of God teaches that only God Himself looks down on everyone and everything. He alone is omniscient and omnipresent. Those attributes are only ascribed to God. So to say that someone else is looking down on us is to ascribe divine attributes to a deceased person and thus Deity.
The Lord looks down from heaven;
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account."
People who die cannot look down and observe things on earth. They are not God. That, by the way, includes believers. Believers who have died have no interest in the things going on down here anyway because they are in the presence of Christ, basking in His glory, worshipping Him and beholding Him face to face. Trust me. If you are a believer, when you die and appear in His presence, you will be so enthralled with Christ, the last thing on your mind will be the things of earth.
If you are not a believer in Christ alone for the salvation of your soul, the inheritance of eternal life and the forgiveness of your sins, then, have you taken the time to consider that you cannot hide from God? You are as naked as can possibly be before His holy eyes. And to Him you will one day have to give an account!
Will you acknowledge your own sinfulness?
Will you agree that you stand condemned under His just law?
Will you admit that you are utterly unworthy of receiving any divine merit or favor?
Will you by faith turn to Jesus Christ, the only Savior and Lord, on whose merit alone God can bestow divine favor upon you and grant you forgiveness of sins and eternal life?
Hariton Deligiannides is the pastor of Mendon Communiy Church. Pastor Hariton proclaims the truth of Scripture in order to help people come to a knowledge of the truth, namely that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man, and to then get grounded and rooted in the deep truths of Scripture.