I was reading a blog today by servehiminthewaiting called “I Wonder how Jesus feels about the lack of enthusiasm for His return” and it got me to thinking. Why don’t people long for Heaven more than they do? Perhaps it is because of the false Hollywood images they have in their minds of people wearing white dresses, playing harps, hopping around on clouds and eating Philly cream cheese (see photo above). Which begs the question: If that’s not what Heaven is going to be like, then what is Heaven?
The Bible describes Heaven like this: “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.” (Revelation 21:3-4). Think about it: A place where we will see Jesus face to face, a place where there is no more crying, death, sorrow or pain. No more wars. No more sickness. No more bad breath or acne or getting tired or hungry or thirsty. A place of perfect peace and joy. Forever.
I marvel when I hear people say, “I hope Jesus doesn’t come back until after I get married or until after I ____ (fill in the blank).” I think I understand what they mean by that, but the deeper thing they are communicating is that they don’t really understand how awesome, wonderful, and amazing Heaven is going to be. If they did, they wouldn’t want to spend one more day on this sin-cursed earth.
But it’s been 2,000 years and Jesus hasn’t come back yet. Why? Second Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.” So let’s get out there and share the Good News about salvation through Jesus Christ with the world! Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14).
Watch for part #2 to this post, an outline of a sermon I shared with our church family this past Sunday morning. There will be a link there to the audio message that you can listen to as well. My prayer is that your heart would resonate with that of Titus who said we should be “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:13-14). Amen!
Pastor Chris Jordan
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