It was an emotional weekend as we attended another memorial service for a dear brother in The Lord. Heaven and eternity has been much on my mind lately, as you can probably tell from the last few posts. But, as my husband reminded us at a recent bible study that he taught, it is good practice for us to think on heaven regularly. He went on to share that Jonathan Edwards, preacher and theologian in the 1700s, made it a point to meditate on heaven at least twenty minutes a day. I also read this quote from C.S. Lewis, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. . . . It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this” (Mere Christianity, chapter 10). How convicting is that for me! Could I fill twenty minutes, even half that time, with deep thoughts on things above? Could it be that I get so wrapped up in the “here and now” that I forget about the “yet to come”?
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2) Here are some things that my husband had shared, things that God’s people can look forward to in the days that are yet to come. There is so much more than what is on this list that it can easily fill more than twenty minutes of our thoughts each day.
• Heaven is a physical place, prepared by the Lord Jesus Himself for His people. “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (John 14: 2)
• In heaven, we will receive new bodies. “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21)
• In heaven, we will be able to eat and drink. “On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.” (Isaiah 25:6)
• In heaven, though we can eat and drink, we don’t need it to satisfy our hunger and thirst. “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore.” (Revelation 7:16-17)
• In heaven, there will be no death, no crying, and no pain. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
• Last, but certainly not the least, in heaven, we will see Jesus. “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)
At the memorial service, a friend of mine had shared with me that she was overcome with joy as she thought of our brother in Christ during his final moments on this earth. He closed his eyes in death and immediately after, opened his eyes to life eternal. Oh, I look forward to that day, to finally touch the nail-pierced hands and behold the face of my Savior!
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