Summary: Get ready for the most amazing new heaven and new earth, more beautiful and bountiful than you can ever imagine. That’s where we’ll be living for eternity. And once you understand the things we’ll be doing in Heaven, there’s no way it can be boring.
This is the third message in the series “Heaven: An Insider’s Guide.”
Next Sunday, Joel Rosenberg will be here and he’ll be giving you more information about how to get to heaven. Then on Easter Sunday, two weeks from today, I’ll conclude this series with a message entitled, “Confirming Your Reservation in Heaven.”
Probably the best book about Heaven, besides the Bible, is Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven. But if you’re looking for another great resource, I recommend Dan Schaeffer’s book, A Better Country: Preparing for Heaven. I’ll be quoting him today several times.
Before you make a trip, helps to know everything you can about your destination. That’s why we have travel guides. They tell you the best places to stay, the best places to eat, and a list of the activities that are available to you. If you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, Heaven isn’t a vacation destination; it’s an eternal destination. It’s the hometown of Jesus and He’s there now. So, what will there be to do in Heaven?
Perhaps the biggest falsehood people have about heaven is that it will be boring. In 1977, when he was 28 years old, Billy Joel wrote a song entitled “Only the Good Die Young.” In it he wrote, “They say there’s a heaven for those who will wait; Some say it’s better, but I say it ain’t. I’d rather laugh with the sinners; Than cry with the saints; The sinners are much more fun. Only the good die young.” Well, Billy turns 65 in May, so he’s not so young anymore. But Billy, you got one thing right. People DO die—young and old alike. The Bible says, “It is appointed to man ONCE to die; and after that the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain has Huck make this observation about heaven: “She (Miss Watson) told me all about the good place. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever. I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and she said, not by a considerable sight. I was glad about that, because I wanted him and me to be together.”
And Ted Turner, who has been called “the Mouth of the South,” had these remarks to say about heaven when he spoke to the National Press Club a few years ago: “Remember, heaven is going to be perfect. And I don’t really want to be there. Those of us that go to hell, which will be most of us in this room; most journalists, are certainly going there. Who wants to go to a place that’s perfect? Boring. Boring.”
I like what C. S. Lewis had to say about people who don’t understand heaven: “There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of heaven ridiculous by saying they do not want to ‘spend eternity playing harps.’ The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups they should not talk about them.” (Mere Christianity, p. 106)