Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going... I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:1-4, 6)
The Holy Scriptures teach clearly that heaven is a real place, a permanent place, a personal place, a holy place and a place open only to those who have been truly born again. The Bible also reveals that heaven is a place of reunion.
In 2nd Samuel we see a very clear picture of God's grace, mercy and comfort in the joys of heavenly reunion. We serve a God who chastises acts of sin, yet His repentant children have the sure hope of His forgiveness and of seeing loved ones who have died "in the Lord." In Chapter 12 of 2nd Samuel we read of the prophet Nathan's rebuke of God's anointed king. King David had surrendered to his fleshly desires ultimately leading to adultery, a child conceived out of wedlock and murder. As we continue to read 2nd Samuel Chapter 12, we see that King David was going to suffer the consequences of his selfishness and uncontrolled lusts. It was only after God sent Nathan to expose David's sinful actions that the King was able to come before God with a humble and contrite heart fully surrendered to God's will. Even though the consequences of sin can have an extraordinary cost, there is forgiveness and mercy to be found for those who have a truly repentant heart before God.
We know that David had a right heart before God for, instead of adding rebellion to his list of sins, David sought the Lord's mercy, interceding in prayer for the child who was struck with an illness that would lead to his death. (2 Samuel 12:16, 18, 22) Even after the boy died, David does not fall into bitterness or rebellion. He clings to a truth that is for all who have lost young children or Christian loved ones. That truth is found in 2 Samuel 12:23, "I will go to him, but he will not return to me." Don't fail to catch that truth, "I will go to him."
King David found something to cling to and the Scripture says that he also "comforted his wife..." (2 Samuel 12:24) Their consolation came in knowing they would see their son again.
Because heaven is a place of reunion, Christians who have had a baby or child die before reaching the age of account-ability will see that child again. Many have also suffered the loss of Christian parents, friends and co-laborers. However, there is a reunion awaiting them in heaven. There are multitudes of Holy Spirit-filled pastors, evangelists and missionaries, after having been used mightily of God to bring many sinners to Christ and then passing on to be with the Lord, that will be reunited in heaven with those who have responded with a heart of repentance to the Spirit's call to come to Jesus. Others may only bring one or two souls with them, but every single person redeemed by Jesus' shed blood is precious in God's sight. Christians someday will see Elijah, John the Baptist, the twelve apostles and Paul and many other faithful servants of the Lord that were written about in the Bible and since who have given their lives to spread the Good News.
It will be The Grandest Reunion for those who have Christ as Savior and Lord. You've been invited! Don't miss it!
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by Tim Gibson on Nov 23, 2000
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Contributed by Troy Borst on Jan 16, 2001
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Contributed by Rich Young on Jan 18, 2001
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Contributed by David Dewitt on Jan 11, 2001
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Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 23, 2001
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