Hillary Clinton did it. So did Prince Charles. He’s done it more than once and even in the presence of his mother. The Queen was not amused.
Model Chrissy Teigen did it at the 2017 Oscars, and while actor Morgan Freeman denies ever doing it, he has. At least twice.
All were photographed falling asleep during important events.
Embarrassing? Yes. Each may have privately said: “I was embarrassed to death!”
But falling asleep in public rarely results in death. Even so, it can and has.
Consider the young man who’d gone to hear an acclaimed preacher. The evangelist spoke late into the night and the young man fell asleep. It killed him—true story. He actually died.
In fact, this is a famous event in the Bible. It seems the Apostle Paul was preaching late into the evening, and a young man, Eutychus, had climbed into a high window to listen. Eutychus dozed off and fell backward from the windowsill to his death.
Immediately, Paul hurried outside and threw his body on Eutychus, bringing him back to life. (Acts 20:7-12)
So, there’s more than the Resurrection of Jesus in the Bible. You may also remember our Lord’s friend, Lazarus. Lazarus had been in the tomb three days before Jesus raised him. (John 11:1-44)
Consider also the daughter of Jairus, the synagogue leader. Jesus takes only Peter, James, and John with him and restores her to life. Our Lord then instructs them to tell no one. (Luke 8:49-56)
Jesus’ also raises a widow’s only son during a funeral procession. Our Lord feels deep compassion for the grieving woman. “Do not weep,” he says to her. (Luke 7:11-15)
In the Old Testament, the prophet Elijah is confronted by another grieving woman at the home where he’s been living. Her son has just died and she blames Elijah, who quickly brings the boy back to life. (I Kings 17:17-24)
Years after that resurrection, Elijah’s protégé, the prophet Elisha, does the same thing. When the son of a woman where he frequently lodges dies, Elisha intervenes and restores the boy’s life. (2 Kings 4:18-37)
After Elisha dies, a burial procession in Israel is forced to a hurried stop. The mourners throw the dead man into Elisha’s open tomb as they run from an attacking party of foreign raiders. The man’s body lands on the bones of Elisha, and the dead man suddenly comes back to life. That’s a really unusual resurrection. (2 Kings 13:20-21)
Among the Apostles, Peter also restores a life. This is Dorcas, also known as Tabitha, a beloved woman in the city of Joppa. (Acts 9:36-42)
And remember that Paul is stoned to death at Lystra, yet God brings him back to life. (Acts 14:1-20)
The number of those resurrected in Scripture is countless. Yes, countless—we don’t know the exact number. In fact, every time you’ve turned to Matthew’s narrative of the Crucifixion you’ve read of many resurrections:
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His Spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs of many broke open. The bodies of many holy people were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection...” (Matthew 27:50-53)
But all of those resurrected in the Bible died again except Jesus. It’s our Lord who conquers death: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25)
My favorite professor in seminary, an old and deeply spiritual man, said, “We won’t just go to heaven, God will keep us with our loved ones.”
If you’ve had precious family members pass to the Lord, it’s painful not to be with them. But know this: It’s not the end. Let this Valentine’s Day remind you that love is forever. You’ll be restored to those you’ve treasured in this life.
Oh, happy day!
Love never dies—not the love of God nor the love for family. Be comforted in knowing that you’ll be with those you cherish into eternity.
Love never dies.
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