You awoke Today, didn't you? And because of that fantastic fact—you find yourself experiencing this ordinary yet profoundly extraordinary phenomena in which we call Today. As you read this line, you find yourself in Today. You've been engulfed and raptured in this reality that we experience known as Today—You in it, and it in you. Thus, you are fully aware and conscious of it. You live, move, breathe and have your being in Today.
It would be impossible for me to convince you otherwise, that Today hasn't come. You don't question it. You know and are certain because you're senses allowed you to recognise it. You're living in the consciousness of Today. Interestingly, you didn't have a say in the matter. This day didn't ask for your permission, but you believed it would appear, and then it came as a gift to you. You possessed the ability to recognise it because this extraordinary power called life permitted you. As soon as you heard the voice of the alarm clock, you 'Awoke'. Then you opened your eyes, and you beheld the bright and glorious sunrise! Immediately recognising: A New Day has dawned.
We both share in this wonderful phenomena; hence, we can understand and relate with each other about it. It's no strange thing for us, whereas someone in a coma can't relate. You exclaim: 'Isn't it a beautiful day today'? And I respond to you: Yes, it is. What're your plans for Today? There is much opportunity. I can make a financial investment and accumulate money. I can hear, taste and see new things and enjoy the pleasures of Today, etc. A myriad of exciting possibilities and treasures lie within this phenomenon called Today that came to us, and now we are alive and conscious of it.
Furthermore, you cannot escape the presence of this great and terrific day that's appeared and manifested. It's impossible to live outside it now since you're immersed in it. You can't live in tomorrow for it hasn't come, and the consciousness of that day cannot be reached nor experienced. You're in Today, and you accept that absolute fact, so you go about your business. Right now, as you read this line, you are taking part and experiencing it, and all of this is possible because you Awoke from your sleep.
Awake thou that sleepest, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. (Ephesians 5.14)
Now let's say that you didn't awake this morning. What would that mean? Well, you wouldn't have seen that bright sunrise. You couldn't experience, see, hear and taste the pleasures of today, could you? You would be dead to all the living possibilities of what Today had to offer because you would be unconscious of it. Even though Today most certainly came and the brightness of the sunrise appeared, you couldn't see it while being in the state of sleep. In that state of consciousness called sleep, you are not aware of Today's presence. However, 'In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye', You Awoke—Found yourself in the new consciousness of Today—being absorbed by it. Marvellously, you seamlessly passed from the state of sleep into the state of being awake. None of this is strange or unordinary to you because you recognise it.
However, Do you know that a New Day that is more real and more glorious has come?
Do you know that the Bright and Morning Star—Jesus Christ has appeared?
Tragically, like many, you're in a coma, asleep and utterly unconscious to it; therefore, you cannot experience it. Even though there are spectacular events taken place, like the dead being raised, you know nothing about it!
You're dead asleep, and no matter how loud the trumpet sound in heaven is, you can't hear it. Even worse, while you sleep, you experience nightmares every time you read the Bible - in which God looks more like the film horror character Freddy Krueger - out to kill and destroy you! And of course, you fear that one day Freddy/God will get you and burn you in hell for eternity. You're like the pitiful case of the person in the coma. When will they arise and experience Today?
You cannot see the brightness of His coming, nor taste and see that God is good. You know nothing about the love of God. Tragic! You are as the Bible says 'Alienated from God and enemies in your mind'. It's all taking place in your carnal mind, that lying dream-like state. Your dead like Lazarus and unless you hear the shout of Jesus Christ: 'Arise', nothing will change.
When you hear that voice, you like Lazarus will immediately exit the tomb of your darkened mind and come forth into everlasting life. The dark clouds of human belief will give way to His appearing. Just as you awoke this morning, passing from one conscious state into another, you too will rise to life and find yourself in the New Day of Christ.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth.
When you pass from death into life and experience what Jesus speaks of here, you are instantly changed, 'In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye' just as you awoke Today. It's a fantastic phenomenon! The change in consciousness is immediate and requires no effort. Hence why religious activity is utterly futile. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. Unless you awaken to righteousness, you can’t stop sinning! Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom, period. Unless a real change of consciousness takes place, no amount of effort, study of scripture, religion etc of any sort will make any difference. The world is full of religious devouts who proclaim to believe in Jesus, yet they are dead. 'Your ancestors ate the bread in the wilderness, yet they are dead'. Even those who experience signs and wonders like the Israelites in the desert, Jesus says: They’re dead!
So, what are you going to do about it?
His voice is the only power that will cause you to arise from death and pass into eternal life. Then you will open your eyes, and exclaim: Alas, I was blind, now I see! You'll discover as John the Baptist did: 'It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me'. John heard the voice of Jesus Christ; thus, he anticipated a New Day was coming. So it did, the next day John saw: 'Jesus coming towards him' and recognised the Son of God. That day came 2,000 years ago, and tragically most people have not comprehended it. 'He came to His own, but His own did not recognise Him'.
Just as the sunrise was the first thing you saw this morning, when you awoke; Likewise, when you awaken spiritually, You enter into the New Day consciousness where you immediately witness The Bright Morning Star Rise—Jesus coming towards you and make his appearing. Then, 'Behold, the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world'. Instantly you become aware that all your sins have been taken away in Christ.
At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (John 14.20)
Notice, At that day. It must be on this day, because on this day of Christ, in which you pass from death (sleep) consciousness into life consciousness - and just as you were absorbed into the conscious presence of Today, becoming one with it in every way. You too become one with the Day that Jesus speaks of. You suddenly become One with God in this day. 'You in me and I in you'. This is everlasting life. Until you experience the sublime beauty of union life, then your still dead in your sins. You're still asleep and unconscious in the tomb.
Rabbi "where are You staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying and remained with Him that day. (John 1.39)
Remember how I said that Today came as a gift and how we had no power or control of it? And how it presented limitless possibilities? So too, this New Day of Christ has come, and when you awake to it, you will understand that and your eyes will be opened to understand the scriptures. ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us’. Yes, your heart will burn when you encounter Jesus and furthermore, all things are possible in this New Day dimension.
You will see greater things than these. And He said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open. (John 1.50)
I've seen heaven open. I've passed from death into life. I heard the voice of Jesus, and I arose from my grave and came forth.
So what you going do man? Stay dead and asleep like all your ancestors?
Or will you awake, arise and come forth into everlasting life?