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When a Man From Space Visited Earth... - Part 2
Good News Magazine
May 1976
Volume: Vol XXV, No. 5
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When a Man From Space Visited Earth... - Part 2
Garner Ted Armstrong   
Church of God

Born: February 9, 1930
Died: September 15, 2003
Member Since: 1930
Ambassador College: 1956
Ordained: 1955
Office: Evangelist

Exactly three days and three nights after His death on the stake, Jesus Christ of Nazareth stepped through a solid rock tomb, having been transformed instantaneously back into spirit life. Once again He was able to step back into space — a completely different dimension. But what has your Savior been doing all these nineteen hundred years since?

   Shortly after His resurrection to that humanly indescribable dimension of spirit life, Jesus sped through the universe all the way to the third heaven — His first space flight in over thirty years. Suddenly, He appeared on a gorgeous, translucent sea of glass. Directly in front of Him, quite a distance away, was the Person and throne of the greatest Being in all of this universe — the Ancient of Days, God the Father! Seated on each side were twelve elders, the wisdom of antiquity obvious in their faces. A beautiful multi-colored rainbow shimmered over the scene in sunbeam hues. Lightning flashed and thunder clapped. Millions of angels were in attendance — anxiously awaiting the great event to follow. It was a fabulous sight to behold! I like to envision the scene that followed this way.
The Coronation Ceremony. A bedraggled figure, livid with visible wounds, began to walk down the line between those twenty-four elders. He came closer and closer to a great blazing light shining just like the sun in its full strength and sat down at the right hand of God the Father. Then with all the angels applauding, smiling and bowing down, God the Father reached to get a crown and placed it on Jesus' head, proclaiming Him King of the universe and King of this earth. (Remember, Jesus told His disciples some forty days later: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.")
   I imagine the angels were saying something like this: "Worthy is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain, to receive all power and wealth, wisdom and might, honor and glory and praise.... Praise and honor, glory and might, to him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb for ever and ever!" (Rev. 5:12-13, The New English Bible.)
   Then Jesus may well have asked His Father: "Why didn't you tell me I was going to have to do it alone?" "I couldn't, Son," came the reply. "I couldn't let you know in advance. It would have been too cruel a blow. You probably couldn't have made it if you ever had to expect there would be an instant in your whole life when you couldn't reach out and take me by the hand. But you did it, and you can't know how pleased and proud I am."
   Jesus probably turned to Him and said: "How great was your plan and how thankful I am!"
   There was emotion between those two great superhuman, divine, holy Beings that is far beyond our imaginations. I can't envision a God that I can worship and an older Brother that I can adore — before whom I can come on my knees and say "forgive me"; who gave me the capacity to laugh and love and to experience life — without emotion that is boundlessly greater than my own.
Our Fantastic Savior! What a fantastic Savior we have! He says you too can have it all — incredible, unimaginable spirit life for all eternity! You too can reach out and step into a much greater dimension of life. "At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Psalm 16:11).
   And you don't have to do it alone. He made that first great big step for you! He said: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" (John 12:32).
   Jesus is the firstborn of many brethren, the Captain of our salvation — the One who has gone on before. While He was a human being — the Son of man — He was only a prayer away, a thought away, just a moment from stepping into another dimension and actually seeing angelic beings, dealing with them, eating their food, letting them care for Him.
   There is spirit life both on this earth and out in the universe. It is life of a completely different dimension. It doesn't depend on beets, carrots, celery and water, the flesh of animals, or grains of wheat. It is life that is self-perpetuating, self-existent. "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself" (John 5:26).
   One of the members of the God family died so that you, too, could have self-perpetuating, self-existent life! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
   Jesus Christ of Nazareth gave His true followers this fantastic promise: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand" (John 10:27-29).
Where Are the Words of Eternal Life Now? The vast majority of the population of this world has never heard these promises of an extra dimension of eternal spirit life. And most of the few who have, never remotely understood them. Our Western Christianity has long preached of a foggily understood retirement plan in heaven. But that's not what God promises. You can prove that for yourself by reading two free booklets entitled What Is The Reward Of The Saved? and Where are Enoch and Elijah?
   There is a Work on this earth that actually understands the words of eternal life. God is currently interfering and intervening in the affairs of men through a small cadre of imperfect human beings. They are carrying the words of God as a warning and a witness to the teeming millions who are making a trip through the blackness of space on this jewel-like spaceship we call planet earth.
   One of the members of the very God family — Jesus Christ — is going to revisit this earth before it would otherwise blast itself out of existence. He is, however, laying the groundwork for His coming space trip through His Church now!
   When Jesus Christ of Nazareth does come again, He will not come alone. A vast army of angelic beings will make the trip with Him. Jesus will not come again as the humble carpenter of Nazareth, but next time as a powerful, war-making and conquering King taking His rightful office on this earth. John foresaw it all in vision: "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war" (Rev. 19:11). And the apostle Paul spoke of this same event: "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (II Thess. 1:7-8).
   But before this mind-boggling event occurs, Jesus is giving the inhabitants of this earth ample warning through His Work and promising those who take an active part in it rulership and eternal life in the world tomorrow.
Your Moment on Center Stage. If you repent of your sins, asking God for total forgiveness, and you endure to the end (either of your life or to Christ's coming — Whichever comes first) — then you, too, will have your "hour in the sun" — your moment on center stage. Someday Jesus will call your name and all heads will turn, and you will take that same walk that He did! Then He will pick up your crown and say: "This one has your name on it." Angels will be singing and applauding at the moment when you are crowned in another life of a completely different dimension.
   You are a spark of life in the midst of the blackness of the universe. God is offering you the greatest bargain that could ever come to a human being. He's offering you eternal life!
   All you have to do is really repent and really believe that He is the Son of God. Adore Jesus Christ! Grab Him by the feet spiritually and say, "I really love you! Thank you so much for what you did!"
   Then look at yourself as a hunk of garbage not even fit to crawl around through the cracks in the floor in His marvelous sight. And then just be good! Be merciful, loving, kind and forgiving.
   Neil Armstrong, when he walked out on the surface of the moon, said that he was taking a great step for mankind. Jesus took a bigger step when he went right through a solid rock tomb.
   You, too, can step out of your grave in an instant of time when the heavens are rent at the return of Jesus Christ. You can take your walk into eternity.
   Are you interested? Read our free booklet What Is a Real Christian? It could be the greatest step of your life.

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