Summary: There is a place we call heaven and you were created for it. This sermon tells you how to get there.
“One Way to Paradise!”
March 27, 2011
There is a place called Paradise. I not talking about that town about 8 miles from Chico, California, where my friend Lloyd Tremain pastors the Church of the Nazarene. I have never been there, but a lot of people I trust have – so I have no doubt there really is a town called Paradise.
I haven’t been to heaven; have never seen it; but I believe there is such a place. Other than believing the Word of God when it says there is such a place, I can sense it. I can feel it in my bones. We all know by instinct that we are eternal and there is a wonderful eternal place waiting for us. Nearly every religion in the world talks of such a place. Nearly every people on the face of earth records their idea of such a place. Some call it Utopia, Zion, Nirvana, Happy Hunting Grounds, Paradise or Heaven. But we know there is such a place. Our bible talks of it.
Micaiah says, “I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing on his right and on his left.”
“Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Jesus spoke of Heaven as fact. He said, “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” Mathew 5:12
"Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:1-2
“But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
“After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.” Revelation 4:1-2
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev 21:3-4
There are thousands of reverences to heaven in the Bible – these are just a few. Many great men of God have testified that they have seen that holy place. There are believable men. They were honorable and trustworthy and lived holy and sacrificial lives. By faith, I believe them. I especially believe Jesus. If it were not true – He would have told us. He didn’t refute what was said about heaven. On the contrary, He died to provide a way in which we may have access to that place. There is an eternal home waiting for us that we call heaven.