25th January 2016

The Real Time Lord

“…and he saith to them, ‘I am [he], be not afraid;’ they were willing then to receive him into the boat, and immediately the boat came unto the land to which they were going..”
John 6:20-21(YLT
emphasis mine)

Recently the BBC transmitted the 50th anniversary episode of Dr Who, a so-called ‘Time Lord’ travelling through time and space in what appears externally to be a UK police box but larger on the inside than the outside.

We live in three dimensions plus time, but mathematicians can apparently show that multiple dimensions, or hyperspaces, exist. Back in the 13th century, a Hebrew sage* seems to have proposed  multiple dimensions based on what is recorded in Genesis—nothing new under the sun, just as King Solomon said.

Psalm 107 verses 23-30, tell us of God’s sovereignty over the wind and waves and His ability to save and bring seafarers to their desired haven. In the Gospels we read of Christ Jesus, the LORD God of the Old Testament, Emmanuel, calming the wind and waves as in the verses from Psalm 107, but in the John 6:21 account “immediately the boat came unto the land to which they were going.”  To me that says Jesus moved space and time and suggests the disciples were amazed at reaching their destination so quickly! Maybe one or two said, “ I know we are experienced fishermen, capable oarsmen, but we weren’t rowing THAT hard were we?”

The Word of God who became Jesus Christ created all things, time and space included, thus Jesus is the real Lord and Master of time and space, Lord of the Sabbath, ‘Time Lord’ if you prefer.

Later, when the disciples were coming to terms with the fact their beloved Master had been crucified, they then were shocked to be told that He had risen from the dead. And for good measure, Christ Jesus personally appeared on the road to Emmaus but not revealing His identity till breaking bread, vanished without opening a door and then suddenly appeared to the eleven disciples in a closed room back in Jerusalem (Luke 24), showing His ability to transcend space. What is mind blowing is that God, through the Holy Spirit, is conforming us to the image of Our Lord and Saviour. We are, by God’s grace, to become like Jesus (Psalm 17:15, Romans 8:29, 1 John 3:1-3). Knocks the spots off Dr. Who, doesn’t it?

Hallelujah what a Saviour!!!

Heavenly Father, Awesome God, how astounding is your word, which is truth. Thank you for revealing some aspects of your amazing power, that You, Great God, are the Master of space/time. Thank you for your promise to perfect the good work you have begun in us, conforming us to the image of Your only begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.

Study by John Armstrong

* Many of the most advanced issues in quantum physics—as well as many of the encounters we find in the Biblical text—involve a study of hyper-spaces. A series on ‘The Boundaries of Our Reality’ postulates  “An exploration of some of the most relevant discoveries of modern science and how they impact our Biblical perspectives, as we continue on our adventure within this interval between the miracle of our origin and the mystery of our destiny” and can be found at: http://www.khouse.org/articles/2010/935/ This article mentions, Nachmonides, a  Hebrew sage of the 13th century who published a study of the biblical text of the book of Genesis.


johnarmstrongAbout the Author:
John Armstrong is on the Pastoral Council of the Exeter Congregation of the Worldwide church of God, UK.

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