Thinking About Heaven

 

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“Since my wife passed away, I’ve been thinking about Heaven a whole lot more.”  These were the words of a dear preacher and man of God who recently, after 63 years of marriage, said, “I’ll see you later” to his dear wife who was promoted to Glory.  He then followed up that statement with, “When I was young, in my 20’s, I thought I knew everything including all about Heaven.  I realize now that I don’t know that much about it, but I sure do think about Heaven a lot now.”

Do you think a lot about Heaven?  Let the following passages sink into your soul for a bit:

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:1-5)

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.  (Revelation 21:21-25)

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  (John 14:1-6)

But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

This dear preacher and follower of Christ has a greater longer for Heaven as the years here drift away, as loved ones move on, and as he meditates on the promises of Glory, his eternal home.  For him, each day is getting better in spite of his frail physical condition.  For him, his view is eternal.  For him, he does know a lot about heaven because the Lord is drawing his heart closer to Home.

Matthew Henry said, “Those who have the New Jerusalem in their eye must have the ways that lead to it in their heart.”

Lastly, hear the words of Charles Spurgeon who wrote, “Why, if this Book said no more than ‘they shall be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory’ (John 17:24), we should know enough of Heaven to make our hearts dance for joy.  To be with Jesus where He is, to behold His glory, this is bliss pressed down and running over, more than our bosoms can hold.”

Have you been thinking a lot about Heaven?  As you do, watch the following: Thinkin’ About Home

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