Summary: Heaven, made to be like Jesus, newness.
Phil 3: 20, 21 (p832) July 29, 2012
When you set out for Florida for Disney world with your family…you might enjoy some parts of the journey…other parts, not so much (he’s touching me…No I’m not… He’s touching me!)…You might stop at Big Daddy Don Garlit’s Drag Racing Museum, but that’s not your destination…your destination is in Orlando…your reservations are at Wally World…
And if you remember Family vacations and if you arrive there and it’s closed for reservation…it’s time to punch the Moose on the Nose!
(Show picture…play 30 sec of Holiday World)
If you’re on a pilgrimage to see a moose…or a mouse…you’re not at the end of your journey until you see the moose or the mouse.
12 weeks ago we began this series called “Signs for Life”. It began at an Intersection, we’ve seen “children at play” signs…warning signs…No U turn, One Way, Dead end, Wrong Way, Caution and Yield…each and every one of these has been posted by a loving Father who wants us to make it to the end of the journey…Each of these God posted signs are designed to get us and keep us on the road.
It’s why the Apostle Peter writes….
“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God, once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy…
Dear Friends I urge, you as aliens and strangers in the world to abstain from sinful desires which was against your soul…Live such good lives among the pagans (unbelievers) that though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (1 Pet 2: 10-12) (p858)
The Apostle Paul and Apostle Peter are in complete 100% agreement…
Our home isn’t here…Our citizenship is heaven, not here on earth…we’re on a journey…not to see a mouse or a moose….”We eagerly want to see our Savior, from heaven”
We long to glorify god here…because through that others might also glorify him on that day He visits us.”
You see as we look to the end of the journey it’s important we realize…
I HEAVEN IS MORE ABOUT A PERSON THAN A PLACE
For whatever reason we have been bombarded, saturated with pictures of heaven that show white fluffy clouds, Angels with halos and harps, a lot of singing and strumming.
[Randy Alcorn in his book about heaven tells the story of an English Vicar who when asked by a colleague what he expected after death replied…
“Well, if it comes to that, I suppose I shall inter into eternal bliss, but I really wish you wouldn’t bring up such depressing subjects!”
George Bernard Shaw wrote these words about heaven…
“Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable, that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seashore.”