Summary: It’s nice to be able to look forward to something. When we were kids we got excited waiting for Christmas or our birthday to come. We as Christians are looking forward to something too. We eagerly await our arrival into our heavenly home. But what exactly
INTRODUCTION: It’s nice to be able to look forward to something. When we were kids we got excited waiting for Christmas or our birthday to come. At this time of year we looked forward to the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. Although I’m sure by the end of August our parents eagerly anticipated the beginning of the next school year. We as Christians are looking forward to something too. We eagerly await our arrival into our heavenly home. But what exactly is it we looking forward to.
1) How do we know heaven is real? There are plenty of people, atheists and non atheists alike, who don’t believe in an afterlife. So how can we know that heaven is a real place?
• The bible talks about it. There are over 400 references to “heaven” in the bible. God definitely wanted us to know about heaven. And it’s written about all throughout the bible. 44 of the 66 books talk about heaven. The bible is the infallible word of God. Its contents are proven and they can be trusted.
• Jesus assured us. John 14:1-3. We can be sure heaven is real because Jesus is real and he doesn’t lie to us about anything. Jesus’ word is authenticity of the existence of heaven. Besides, who better to tell us about heave than the one who came from there! John 3:13, “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven-the Son of Man.” 6:38, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” Jesus came down from heaven. Jesus came from heaven, he tells us about heaven, so therefore, we can believe in heaven. (Apostle John’s Revelation-Rev. 21-22)
2) What will heaven be like?
• There will be newness. We know what it’s like to experience newness. We know the excitement, the joy of that new thing. No new thing can compare with heaven. Rev 21:1-5. In heaven we will look forward to the “no-mores”, no more crying or pain. Rev. 7:16 tells us there will be no more hunger or thirst. Instead, there will be a new heaven and a new earth. And part of that newness will be us. 1st Cor. 15:50-54. Many of us are dealing with bodies that identify with what Paul said, “Outwardly we are wasting away”. What a joy it will be when we receive our new bodies. No more pain and ailments. No more disease and debilitations. We will be strong, fresh, energetic, alive; new.
• There will be purity. Rev. 21:27, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” No sin or temptation will be there. No filth, no evil. Satan is not allowed on the premises. Everything is beautiful, nothing is ugly or disgusting. We will be pure, therefore, there will be pure harmony, pure fellowship among all of us. Galatians 3:8, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In the world you have divisions, cliques, racism, hatred and discord. In heaven, there will be no distinctions of color or ethnicity. We will all truly be one big happy family. There will be pure harmony with all God’s creatures. Isaiah 65:25 says that the wolf and the lamb will feed together and the lion will eat straw like the ox. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain says the Lord. There will be purity with all of heaven and the relationships therein.