(The following blog is based on my sermon in Hyderabad, India, Jan 26 and Doylestown, PA, USA, Feb 2, 2014. It was in response to the death of Moses’ mother and his request I preach about how we are sure of life after death and what it will be like. It is the fourth in a series.)
The most common description of heaven is as ‘home’ (2 Corinthians 5:8). “Going home” is the way the Bible describes it. Unfortunately many of us don’t have such fond memories of our earthly home. God created it to be a place of love and security, of comfort and acceptance, of familiarity and peace – the best place we can be on earth. Take that and multiply it a few million times and you have a description of heaven.
Jesus said He is now preparing ‘rooms’ for us in His father’s house and will one day take us there to be with Him (John 14:1-3). He created this earthly world in 6 days and it was a marvelous place before sin entered. If He can create this in 6 days, imagine what He can create in 2,000 years?
In addition to being home, heaven is also the place of God’s presence – that is what makes it so glorious. Jesus will be on the throne and we and the angels will be worshipping Him (Revelation 4:2-11). For all eternity we will be with Him. Revelation tells us there will be no more sea (21:1), tears, death, sorrow, crying or pain (21:4). Gone will be all sinners (21:8), fear (21:12), sin and evil (21:27), disease and injuries (22:2) and all the consequences of the fall and curse (22:3). Since Jesus will be the light there will be no sun or moon (21:23), nor will there be any night (21:25).
John in Revelation also tells us of the many wonderful things that will be present in heaven: unending fellowship with God (21:3, 7, 22), newness (21:5), and the water of life (21:6; 22:1). It will be filled with unimaginable beauty (21:11, 21), uncompromised security (21:12), unbroken unity between believers (21:12, 14) and unlimited holiness (21:16). Present forever will be unending light (21:23; 22:5), untold wealth (21:18-21), unrestricted access (21:25), unending fruit from the tree of life (22:2), unceasing service to God (22:3) and unending reigning with Jesus (22:5).
Other passages in the Bible describe heaven as well. It will be a place of rest (Hebrews 4:1-11; Revelation 14:13), full knowledge (1 Corinthians 13:12), holiness (Hebrews 12:14; Ephesians 2:21), joy (1 Thessalonians 2:19; Jude 24), glory (2 Corinthians 4:17) and worship (Revelation 7:9-12; 19-10).
Just think – if you trust in Jesus, recognizing Him as God Himself come to earth to pay the penalty for your sin, you will be there for all eternity. Guaranteed! There’s nothing more sure in this life that death. And as sure as our bodies will die, our spirits will life forever with Jesus. Think about this for a while before moving ahead with your day. Thank God for this truth. Let it was over you. When you really grasp it it’ll make all the difference in the world to you! (Doylestown, PA February 12, 2014)