In The Divinely inspired Holy Scriptures in the book of Exodus chapter 3, it is recorded :
Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. (Exodus 3:1-6)
Obviously God does not have to do any miracles for us to believe, as He sovereignly chose to do with Moses; however when He chose to bring down Fire from Heaven that does not burn, we humbly receive the truth by faith. On Easter, we celebrate the unimaginable miracle of Christ rising from the dead. Many put their trust in Jesus and love God and neighbor as He has loved us.
God’s miracle of life is all around us. We do not need any more miracles than these but sometimes God chooses to bless us with miracles that cannot be explained by man. The great and powerful miracle of Christ rising from the dead is celebrated worldwide on Easter, also known in the Greek as Pascha. We obviously do not seek miracles or signs and need to discern what is of God and what is not, but when God sovereignly chooses to bless us with His amazing Grace and testify to this miraculous event with testimony of live witnesses and recording on video available to us all, we must humbly accept what has been tested and discerned to the glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. ”
Although this miracle has been recorded in the writings of Christian Pastors recalling it going back year after year on Easter for several hundred years with some historical documents showing it going back to The Apostolic days, it has to be the most underreported miracle in our nation. One Pastor recorded how this miracle happened as he entered the Church in prayer.
“I enter the tomb and kneel in holy fear in front of the place where Christ lay after His death and where He rose again from the dead. I find my way through the darkness towards the inner chamber in which I fall on my knees. Here I say certain prayers that have been handed down to us through the centuries and, having said them, I wait. Sometimes I may wait a few minutes, but normally the miracle happens immediately after I have said the prayers. From the core of the very stone on which Jesus lay an indefinable light pours forth. It usually has a blue tint, but the colour may change and take many different hues. It cannot be described in human terms. The light rises out of the stone as mist may rise out of a lake — it almost looks as if the stone is covered by a moist cloud, but it is light. This light each year behaves differently. Sometimes it covers just the stone, while other times it gives light to the whole sepulchre, so that people who stand outside the tomb and look into it will see it filled with light.
Amazingly the light does not burn — I have never had my beard burnt in all the sixteen years I have been Patriarch in Jerusalem and have received the Holy Fire. The light is of a different consistency than normal fire that burns in an oil lamp… At a certain point the light rises and forms a column in which the fire is of a different nature, so that I am able to light my candles from it. When I thus have received the flame on my candles, I go out and give the fire first to the Armenian Patriarch and then to the Coptic. Hereafter I give the flame to all people present in the Church.”
While the patriarch is inside the chapel kneeling in front of the stone, there is darkness but far from silence outside. One hears a rather loud rumbling, and the atmosphere is very tense. When the Patriarch comes out with the two candles lit and shining brightly in the darkness, a roar of jubilee resounds in the Church.
The Holy Light is not only distributed by the Pastor of pastors, an Archbishop, but operates also by itself. It is emitted from the Holy Sepulchre with a hue completely different from that of natural light. It sparkles, it flashes like lightning, it flies like a dove around the tabernacle of the Holy Sepulchre, and lights up the unlit lamps of olive oil hanging in front of it. It whirls from one side of the church to the other. It enters some of the chapels inside the church, as for instance the chapel of the Calvery (at a higher level than the Holy Sepulchre) and lights up the little lamps. It lights up also the candles of certain pilgrims.
In fact there are some who, every time they attended this ceremony, noticed that their candles lit up on their own accord! His divine light also presents some peculiarities: As soon as it appears it has a bluish hue and does not burn. At the first moments of its appearance, if it touches the face, or the mouth, or the hands, it does not burn.
This amazing miracle happens in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where Christ was crucified, entombed, and rose rose from the dead. The Fire of God comes down from Heaven at the same time, in the same manner, in the same place. Our God & Savior Jesus Christ is merciful to grant us this holy blessing from Above!
As Christians humbly pray on this Easter day remembering the great Resurrection of Christ, may the blessing of this incredible Fire from Heaven that does not burn, uplift the hearts of many of the faithful around the world. May many more be drawn to know The God of Love who became Man that we might become like Christ living out a life of love and holiness to the glory of The Father in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of The Holy Spirit.