|Pope John Paul II in the flames|
|Tuesday, 16 October 2007 11:03|
This link from my friend Mike. A commemoration of the second anniversary of Pope John Paul II's passing has received a surprise visit from the Supreme Pontiff himself, according to a news report broadcast by the Vatican News Service. Gregorz Lukasik attended one of the events in Poland marking Pope John Paul II's death, but it was only when he returned home and was looking through the photographs he had taken that he realized how significant this commemoration had been. In one particular photograph he had taken of a bonefire, Gregorz believes the image of John Paul II can clearly be seen in the flames. Vatican officials, including a close friend of John Paul II himself, Jarek Cielecki, believe that John Paul II did indeed appear in the flames, as a mark of respect to his faithful followers.
Quote: "The bonfire was lit during a service at Beskid Zywiecki, close to John Paul's birthplace at Katowice, southern Poland, on April 2 - the second anniversary of his death. Hundreds had attended the ceremony. Gregorz Lukasik, the Polish man who took the photographs, said: "It was only afterwards when I got home and looked at the pictures that I realised I had something. "I showed them to my brother and sister and they, like me, were convinced the flames had formed the image of Pope John Paul II. "I was so happy with the picture that I showed it to our local bishop who said that Pope John Paul had made many pilgrimages during his life and he was still making them in death."
No doubt this will be taken as further evidence supporting the beatification of Pope John Paul II. I feel that Jarek Cielecki's comments says it all, "You can see the image of a person in the flames and I think it is the servant of God, Pope John Paul II". The reality is, if Pope John Paul II hasn't trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, then he is indeed in the flames - of hell. As any one of us will be if we haven't had our sins forgiven, through faith in Christ's atoning death on the cross. Jesus said, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven", Matthew 18:3. When it comes to sin, God is no respecter of persons. Revelation states that the dead, small and great shall stand before God, and shall be judged out of those things which are written in the books (Revelation 20:12). Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be there, US President Bush will be there, and all the Popes will be there if they haven't trusted in Christ for salvation. At the Great White Throne, all vestments of earthly authority will be gone. Praise God that when it comes to salvation, He is also no respecter of persons. There will be many great and important people in heaven who will point to the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross as the only reason why they are there. Nobody in heaven will have any cause to boast. Praise God that I will be there. Is you name written in the Lamb's book of life?
Source Daily Mail