Summary: Heaven is a wonderful promise. But there are those who think it will be boring and tedious. They're wrong - but do you know why?
OPEN: This is the last in our 9 part sermon series from Revelation.
A lot of preachers won’t preach through the whole book of Revelation (it me took me 30 years to believe I could do it) because they feel it is a confusing book - and they fear they’ll get things wrong and mess something up.
A few weeks back one of the ladies of the church came up to me and asked what my opinion was of the 4 horses of the Apocalypse (I’d just preached from that text but didn’t deal with them).
I looked at her for a moment and then said:
“Despite what you may have heard...
(pause) or what you may have sensed from being around me ...
(pause) I don’t know everything.”
And neither do the popular teachers of prophecy who populate the airwaves and book stores. If these folks tell you that they KNOW much of what they teach for certain – they’re pulling your chain. They don’t really know what they say they know.
As I've preached my way through this series I’ve tried to focus on the things I KNOW for certain from Scripture, and one of the most important things I know is this:
Jesus is coming back!
And when He comes back He’ll set everything to rights.
And when He comes back He will take us to be where He is…
He’ll take us to heaven.
So I want to take a moment and sing about that.
Sing with me:
“Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
sing His mercy and His grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed,
He’ll prepare for us a place.
When we all get to heaven,
what a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
we’ll sing and shout the victory!”
That’s what we’re all looking forward to.
Getting to heaven!
There will be nothing on earth that can compare with all of that.
But not everyone believes that.
Mark Twain was a noted humorist and atheist in his day didn’t think much of heaven.
A couple of comments were these:
“There is no humor in heaven.” (Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven)
And he said he preferred “Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”
Now, that’s what you’d expect an atheist to say.
But there are people who are even religious that have had their doubts about how wonderful Heaven might be.
ILLUS: A famous preacher named Bill Hybles said one of his earliest memories was being in a children’s choir at church. They dressed up in robes, and stood on risers, and practiced a lot. As a child he hated almost every minute of it. He hated putting that robe on, and he hated having to stand still for so long.
He said: “To make matters even worse, the Choir director told me, ‘If you don’t like singing in the choir, you’re not going to enjoy heaven.’
So as a child, I thought of heaven as putting on a choir robe and standing on a riser and singing for all eternity. So I wasn’t really all that excited about going to heaven.”
Now… is that REALLY what heaven will be all about?