DayBreaks for 8/13/18: God’s Autopsy
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2008:
From FOX News, 8/7/08: “An Indian man who was knocked unconscious during a stampede of thousands of religious pilgrims on a steep Himalayan mountain path woke up as doctors were preparing to perform his autopsy, the Times of India reported.
“Mange Ram, 19, lost consciousness in the stampede that killed 150 people and was triggered by rumors of a landslide leading to a Hindu temple devoted to the goddess Naina Devi.
“Ram awoke in the hospital morgue Sunday in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
“When I woke up, I was in the middle of a row of bodies waiting for post mortem,” he told the Times. “My throat was parched and I asked for water. Towering over me the doctors and nursing staff at Anandpur Sahib Civil Hospital looked dazed. They must have been surprised to see a dead man come alive like that.”
“Sat Pal Aggarwal, a doctor on the pilgrimage, said little was done to see if victims of the stampede were still alive. “People were dumped quite haphazardly into trucks without following any procedure or checking if they were alive,” he told the Times.
“Despite the huge loss of life, the pilgrimage continued only hours after the corpses had been cleared, according to the newspaper.”
Stories about people being prematurely thought dead and then buried alive give me the shivers. It apparently happened to my great-great grandmother when she was coming across the plains in a covered wagon. Creepy. It is the stuff of nightmares.
Part of what makes such stories so scary is that we know we will all one day die. Here in California, autopsies are mandated in nearly every case. The purpose of an autopsy, of course, is to determine the cause of death – and to rule out foul play.
We will die, and then comes a “judgment”, a pronouncement if you will, of the cause of our death. That’s the easy part: sin is the reason we die (Romans 5:12.) God already knows the cause of our death. What God will inspect us for is to see whether or not we’ve had the cure for sin applied to our lives.
One other thing we can be certain of: when God checks us over and performs His autopsy on our spirits, He will make no mistakes – He will not think we were dead but were instead alive. On the flip side, there may be many who think they are “alive”, only to be found out to truly be “dead”. It happened to the church at Sardis: (Rev. 3:1) – These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
For the time being, there’s good news: as long as our souls are attached to our bodies, we can still “Wake up!” as God told the church at Sardis. God not only is the examiner, but the healer: Col. 2:13 – When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.
If God performed your spiritual autopsy today, would He find you dead, or alive?
PRAYER: God, keep us from self-delusion and from drawing false conclusions about the state of our spiritual health! May we wake up in time to the true nature of our hearts and hasten to the Great Physician for the healing we so desperately need! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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