When a loved one who knew Jesus passes away, our thoughts often wander to "the other side," as we wonder what they might be experiencing right now. Based on our limited knowledge and the brief glimpses given in Scripture, we try to imagine the glories of a Heavenly realm based on passages like...
"Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" (Revelation 5:11-12)
"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." (Revelation 21:4)
"... You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand." (Psalm16:11)
Perhaps you have a preconceived idea of what Heaven is like. The Apostle Paul may have been musing about Heaven before he wrote, "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Paul also concluded, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Try as we might, we can never come close to understanding the magnificence of Heaven until we experience it ourselves. What a glorious hope we have because of God's love and the finished work of the Cross of Jesus! During September, Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, will open God's Word to us with teachings based on her book, HEAVEN: My Father's House. She has recorded these on-location videos at her earthly father's house, where she grew up, but she points us toward her Heavenly Father's house! Jesus did the same, saying...
"My Father's house has many rooms. . . And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:2-3 NIV)
Until we reach our ultimate home, whatever it may be like, we have a job to do... a commission from God to share the Good News of His love and the hope of eternal life with Him. Thank you for your faithfulness with us in this great task!