Summary: This sermon deals with the question of whether those in heaven can see what is happening here on earth.

Do Our Loved Ones Know

What’s Happening To Us Now?

2 Corinthians 5:6-8

[1] For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

[2] For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,

[3] if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.

[4] For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.

[5] Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

[6] So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.

[7] For we walk by faith, not by sight.

[8] We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

Today I want to tell you the story of Sally, the bride-to-be.

A few years ago, Sally asked me to perform the wedding for her.

As is customary, I met with the couple…

to be sure that I would not be helping them…

disobey Scripture by being “unequally yoked”.

During that counseling session,

it became clear that neither Sally nor her fiancé

knew much about the Bible.

So, I agreed to perform the wedding.

On the night before the wedding,

we met at the church for rehearsal.

That’s when I saw what I call a “wedding scorecard”.

You know what I mean.

It’s a fancy printed-paper

listing the wedding ceremony order on one side…

and a list of all the people in the wedding party on the other.

As I examined it,

I determined that the Grandfather of the groom…

and Grandmother of the bride were both deceased.

Printed on this wedding scorecard was this touching little sentence:

We know that Grandpa So & So and Grandma So & So are looking down upon us on this our special day.”

Now, I suppose that gave them some comfort!

But how did they know that?

There is a romantic notion of those in heaven

looking down and watching over us throughout our lives.

Is that a Biblical notion?

Well…The Bible does not address the question directly.

But this morning I want to examine some of the relevant passages

to answer this question.

The title of this message is:

“Do Our Loved Ones Know What’s Happening To Us Now?”

I believe the answer to this question is:

“No, they are not able to see us now.”

Here are some of the reasons why I believe that.

Point #1.

Jesus gave us a hint that there is a great separation between this world and the next.

In Luke Chapter 16, Jesus tells us about…

The Rich man and Lazarus

Let’s pick up the story at Verse 22:

[22] So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. [23] And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. [24] Then he cried and said, ’Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ [25] But Abraham said, ’Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. [26] And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

Souls stay wherever they go after death!

But that passage still doesn’t say they cannot see us from heaven!

Remember when King Saul went to a witch?

He wanted her to bring Samuel back from the dead…

for some advice…

On how to handle the invading Philistine armies.

Listen to 1 Samuel 28:15

Now Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" And Saul answered, "I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do."

But Samuel’s soul isn’t speaking from heaven!

Saul could see Samuel!

God allowed Samuel’s soul to come back to earth…

To explain to Saul why his prayers were not being answered!

In the New Testament, visions of the next life are rare

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