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

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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.’


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