“Joy is the business of heaven.” -C.S. Lewis
Since one of our dear children has gone to heaven this week, out of pain, horror, sadness and into perfect health and happiness, I thought I would write today about heaven, Trey’s new home where he is smiling down at his family and all of us who prayed for his health, comfort, salvation. He was given perfect health and comfort because he did receive salvation in January of this year as a delightful and insightful young man of seven years old. Our Trey was stricken with a rare form of leukemia and fought the brave fight. We all loved him and will see him again one day. . . in real heavenly time.
Thursday, I taught a Bible Study at a Nursing Home. I had decided to do a study on THE MYSTERIES OF HEAVEN by, of course my favorite author and pastor, David Jeremiah. So I began this little series today with gospel music which the group thoroughly enjoys and began to then ask them about heaven. Many said most of what we are discussing here now. A few had tears in their eyes – tears of joy and anticipation. One was quite anxious to be in good health. We laughed as we discussed how well we ALL would be able to hear (I am hearing impaired myself). Then we danced – in the wheelchairs but we danced and discussed how dancing in heaven would be a lot more active. The group really got into the ideas of eating whatever they wanted and not gaining weight or having blood sugar problems, no pain, no frustrations, no fear.
So on that note, let’s discuss what heaven is and is not, according, of course, to scripture.
Scripture does not go into specifics because as 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him”.
Our human mind could never encompass or comprehend all the spectacular and magnificence of heaven. The Bible, however, does give us an overview, an idea of what heaven is like so let’s take a look.
For openers, here is something to ponder – we will be like Him – “Dear friends, now we are children of God and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him.” (1 John 3:2)
Now, once in heaven, since we will be like Him, what does that mean – what is that going to be like. Let’s look at scripture.
Phlippians 1: 6 says, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Once we are in heaven, He will take away all our sins and create in us a new creation. It will be like that new microwave oven you recently purchased or are thinking of getting. All the new features are on it that the old microwave never had. Plus it keeps everything in perfect order, unlike the old that burned a lot of things and left other things still frozen. Imagine that! We are going to be in perfect order in heaven,
I am wondering if, like in John 20:19 and 26 we will be able to walk through walls and locked doors and appear and disappear and travel in the blink of an eye. Jesus said we would be like Him. I think as a heavenly spirit that would be “a simple walk in the park.”
Surely, we will recognize those we know and love in life. In Matthew 17: 3, Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus and visit with Him, and Peter recognizes them. I think this shows us that we also will recognize others. And not only will we recognize but our relationships with each other will be more real, more honest, more loving than anything we could ever experience in life. There will be total purity. Nothing but perfect relationships exist in heaven.
If we read Revelation 22: 2 we see that delicious fruits grow on the tree of life. And it describes a lovely and tasty food each month. So, we will be eating and drinking for enjoyment without the worry of weight gains or illness.
Today’s world is lost with illness, wars, suffering, death. In heaven we are told in Revelations 22:3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.
and Revelation 21:4 tells us: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
There will be no more suffering in Heaven. There is only perfect health and happiness.
We will live in New Jerusalem, the “city of peace.” which will be made of gold and jewels and be massive. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the Throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be his people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the Throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” – Revelation 21:1-4
Revelation 21:10- 11 – 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
And God will be in the city. Can you just imagine what this will be like – God’s brilliance shining in all His Glory as we bask in its richness and singing “Hallelujah” and praises to Him. And as great as that is (and it could not get any greater), Jesus Christ will be at His right hand; and we will be with Him forever and be face to face with Him as told in Revelation 22: 4.
“When we see Christ face to face His presence will dominate heaven the same way the sun dominates the hot summer sky. If heaven had streets of gold, precious gems, and angels singing overhead but no Jesus then we wouldn’t even notice those other things. Because just as the sun illuminates the summer sky, so the glory of Christ illuminates all of heaven.
We will be able to talk to Him, ask Him questions, and listen to Him speak. Imagine hearing His voice – the Bible says it will be “like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder (Revelation 14:2). Imagine the stories He’ll tell, the lessons He’ll teach, the love He’ll share.”
Our famous scripture John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We all know the history – that Jesus died on the cross for our sins – all of our sins His blood shed to cover all of our sins and by doing so, He offers to each of us total forgiveness. We just have to accept Him as our Savior and admit we are sinners and that He, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took on all our sins and died for us.
Now He offers forgiveness to you. All you have to do is acknowledge you are a sinner, and that Jesus, the Son of God, died in your place, and accept Him as your Savior. You can accept Jesus as Savior by praying this prayer:
Lord, I realize that I am a sinner. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior now. Please show me your will and help me become the person you want me to be. Amen
Heaven is God’s home. God is perfect and so heaven is perfect. Nothing imperfect can ever enter heaven – from Revelation 22:14-15.
Believe and trust and I will see you there in the by and by.
God bless you.