Christ’s Reference to Reincarnation

Remember, I’m not a theologian and I don’t believe in reincarnation, where someone dies and then comes back as a goat or a fish.

But…I do have some questions.

Keep in mind, I’m just a blogger who loves God and Country.

So, anything you read, if you happen to be an expert, feel free to jump down my reply button.

Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 11 caused me to wonder, does Jesus allow faith in some type of reincarnation?

11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. 15 Whoever has ears, let them hear.

No one can convince me otherwise; Christ is clearly teaching in this passage, John the Baptist is the Prophet Elijah.

And the words, “if you are willing to accept it” does not mean, “no big deal if you don’t.”

Yet–the question remains–does this happen to all of us?

Hmmm…

My theory?

Not likely.

What I see is there are actually two references to a type if incarnation in this passage.

Christ explains that no one born of women is greater than John, yet, we all know that someone was greater.

His next comment; “whoever is least in the kingdom is greater than he.”

For the Lord’s first comment to be True, which it must be, He can only be referring to Himself.

Leave it to Jesus to use a metaphor that implies He alone is greater than John.

And what is it that makes Christ greater than John?

He and the Father are One.

God Himself, the Almighty, took on human flesh, (another incarnation) giving up more than anyone can describe, in terms of Majesty, to become a creature.

And, not just a created being, but One who suffers the worst humiliation and death known to mankind, crucifixion, so that created souls can be welcomed into heaven with Him.

Still, the question remains–Why does God allow Elijah to return as John the Baptist?

The answer is clear in the reading.

To defend heaven from its enemies.

Satan has his tricks, yet God will not be out done.

Whatever it takes for redemption of all mankind to occur, our Father is willing to do for us, provided there’s never a compromise in Holiness.

Thank you Lord, bring back whoever you wish…and if it helps redeem the world, make me a fish.

I can swim.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: