Summary: To share some of the wonderful joys to look forward to in heaven.
Yep, It’s in Heaven
Scripture: Revelation 21: 1-4 Date: 28 February 2010
Purpose: To share some of the wonderful joys to look forward to in heaven.
VIDEO: “What is Heaven Like?”
Illustration: A Sunday School teacher was teaching his class about heaven. He asked the children, “If I sold my house and my car, had a huge yard sale, and gave all the money to the church, would that get me into heaven?” All the children answered, “NO!” “If every day I vacuumed the church carpets, cleaned the washrooms, and mowed the grass, would that get me into heaven?”
-Again, all the children answered, “NO!” “If I was kind to the poor, gave candy to children, and loved my wife, would that get me into heaven?” Once more, the children answered, “NO!” “Then how can I get into heaven?” the teacher asked. A five-year-old boy shouted out, “YOU GOTTA BE DEAD!”
-A crash course on heaven is first of all, to go there, you got to die. I think most of us would like to skip that whole process, but the chances of us avoiding that are very slim. So I think a big question a lot of us have is “What’s heaven going to be like?”
We just completed a great study during our Monday night Bible study. This was a study of Dr. David Jeremiah’s book, “Escape the Coming night.” This study of the book of Revelation gave us a taste of what eternity holds, what heaven will truly be like.
Revelation 21: 1-4 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 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."
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Last week I shared with you a few things that we will not find in heaven. These were the No’s of heaven, the negatives that will be absent from heaven. Just the thought of being truly alive without all the burdens, pains, and strains of life is an awesome thought that really is hard to grasp a hold of. This is what it will be like in heaven. And since there will be an absent of these negatives, there will be in their place some wonderful positives. These are the Yes’ of heaven.
From Dr. Jeremiah’s study, he shared three yes’ in heaven. And I wish to share those with you this morning.
I. The first one is Singing.
A. Ephesians 5:19 “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord”
1. When we get to Scripture, we find that God commands His people to sing and make music. Here in Ephesians 5 we find that one of the ways we prepare our heart for the Spirit of God is through song.