Heaven… It is where we all believe that we will end up when we give up our physical lives. People ask “Is there really a heaven? What is heaven like and where is it? Will I get to see all my family and friends that are gone?”Will I go to heaven? How do I guarantee that I will go to heaven? Let’s take these one at a time.
There is a real heaven. We get a glimpse of the “new city” in Revelation 21…. I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea. I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband. I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.”
We see a place where all tears will be gone. No more sorrow, no more pain, no more sadness, no depression, problems or agitation, they are all gone. Now that would be a change from our lives now here on the earth.
It seems every human experience deals with pain of some kind. There is the pain of being a child, dealing with all the issues of being an adolescent and trying to mature. That process includes pain, rejection, fear and tears. In heaven….all gone.
And then there are our formative years, years in Jr. High, and High School, where again we deal with pains, and tears; wanting to be liked, clicks, broken hearts from our first loves, and failures in academic, scholastic or different sorts of endeavors, such is life.
And finally we have our adult years where we deal with pain that seems to dig even deeper and cause tears of a different nature as we grow older; tears from a broken-hearted divorce, tears of our children leaving home, tears of a lost career, tears from family, friends and all walks of life. Tears that hurt, pain that wounds and sorrow that is slow to heal….gone….gone ….gone.
Our God tells us in heaven that all old things that we had in out former life that resulted in death are gone……..They are passed away, and everything is new, as all our former pain is removed. Wow, how many times have you ever asked for that in life, finally in heaven that wish becomes reality.
I said in the beginning that heaven is not a place for good people, and a truer statement has never been written. You see, being good will not get you to heaven. Being nice will not get you to heaven. Nor will being baptized, a church member, a church deacon, a minister, giving to charity, nor will doing good deeds or even praying very day. None of these gain access to Heaven.
Let me share a truth with you, Heaven is not a place for “Good People”; it is a place ONLY for “Forgiven People”. We read in
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.
What name is the Bible talking about? What name guarantees instant access to heaven for all eternity? It is the name of Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God, which takes away the sins of the world.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and he said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.
Jesus declared in the Bible, the Living Word of God that He is waiting in Heaven for all those who believe on Him. And to take it even a step further, He had built a mansion for you, giving you an eternal address in Heaven and your “house in heaven” is waiting for you, if you believe upon Him.
John 14:1 There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get home ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your home ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live, and we will be together in heaven.
So how is access to that place in heaven that is reserved for those who believe reserved? The answer is found in
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
The message is simple, accept Him as Lord and Savior, and accept access to the most special place in all of creation, Heaven. I look forward to spending eternity with my Savior in Heaven and I look forward to seeing you there. Just remember that Heaven is not a place for good people, it is a place for those that have been redeemed, it is a place for those that have been forgiven by the Blood of the Lamb. I look forward to rejoicing with you in a place where all the sorrows of this world will have passed away, and only joy and peace in Christ remains.
So remain faithful. Diligently serve Him. Seek Him with all your mind, soul and strength. Who knows, you might end up on Apostles row next to Peter or Paul… If you do, be looking for me…. I promise you, I will be coming over to your place for the block party to rejoice in Christ Jesus with you the Apostles and Disciples in Heaven.
2 Corinthians 5
We know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, and our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. That’s why we live with such good cheer