Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
Dr. Eben Alexander, a Harvard-trained neurobiologist, is no slouch when it comes to his credentials as a scientist and researcher. That's one reason why his book, Proof of Heaven, is so interesting. He wrote it after returning from a trip into a coma from which his colleagues thought he'd never return. But he did. His story is a natural starting point for a discussion of our text in which John, in a vision, not a coma, sees a new heaven and a new earth.
For material based on today's gospel text, see "Cursive Obedience," May 16, 2004, at HomileticsOnline.com.
"See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away" (Revelation 21:3-4).
We read these words at the funerals of friends and family because they are so wonderfully comforting. They lift...