The wind blows snow over snow. This is the first video I took of this scene. I tried to take a better video after this one, but my fingers refused. I do not know what the wind chill was, but the real temperature was about four degrees. My new G12 camera has some good microphones, but even they could not muffle the amount of wind coming at them. It was cold. Behind the wind on the microphone, one can hear the snow drifting.
Now for a warming fire: This is a video of the cross-country ski shelter warming fire at Lapham Peak State Park in Wisconsin. Because it is a public area, the video’s sound recorded some guys talking.
A still photograph does not move. These videos are like still photographs because they have one subject, however, they are also moving or “living” pictures. Photographs in the fictional world of Harry Potter moved with life. God willing, someday in the future of the real world, most images will have a sort of movement with recorded “life” in them.
Heaven is also a real place and a real future. I wonder if in heaven we will be able to see the life of Christ in such a manner: as if we could look back in time to see all he did: in a real, present, living, and moving way. For example, even though Christ was risen with a glorified body free of all defect, somehow he still showed the disciples the marks of his crucifixion. He carries the physical memory of that awe filling event, his glorious redemption of sinners, in his real body. As we fix our eyes on the glorified Christ, we still see him crucified because his real body is not just alive in a glorified way, he is a moving image of life itself. (Hebrews 12:2, John 1:4-5, Colossians 2:9).
Our eternal life comes from his bodily death and bodily resurrection. His is the same body and life, physically present for us, and given to us in his holy Supper. His Supper is a communion in his real body. (1 Corinthians 10:16). And this is the same body we will eat in heaven. (Matthew 26:29).
If our earthly lives are on similar moving display within our own bodies resurrected in Christ, we will never forget or cease to be grateful for the forgiveness of sins we receive in Christ. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Christ has died. Christ has risen! Christ will come again!
Happy Transfiguration Sunday.