“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.’”
Revelation 21:3 (NIV)
“‘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 (NIV)
As we allow our imaginations to follow the teaching of Scripture the topic of heaven becomes more fascinating and spectacular all the time. Our wildest imaginations cannot outrun the realities of what heaven is truly like.
As we reflect on the verses for today we must understand that our loved ones will never die and leave us any more. No more sickness, never any need for doctors or hospitals in heaven. Our homes in heaven will not have medicine cabinets.
Reading a passage like Romans 5 we come to understand that Jesus—the second Adam—came to recover what the first Adam (Genesis 3) lost for us. So, reading of what went on in the Garden of Eden prior to our first parents’ sin, we get a glimpse into what is in store for us in the new heaven and the new earth.
Then there is the centerpiece of heaven which is Jesus Christ Himself. As Stephen was moments from death we read of his remarkable experience in Acts 7:55 (NIV) where it says,
“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.”
When you look at expensive jewelry there are usually many expensive jewels and they are fascinating to see. But there is always the centerpiece, the largest and most beautiful stone of all that outshines the surrounding jewels. So it is with heaven. We have so many things to attract us. We will be reunited with our loved ones. We shall have opportunity to converse with the ancient people of God like Moses, David, Esther, and others whose stories we have read so often. But always the greatest joy will come when we see the One Who loved us and gave His life for us.
Whatever you treasure in this life, strive to have the Lord Jesus as the greatest treasure of all. He is worthy of our best love as He said in Matthew 10:37-38 (NIV)
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me;
anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
To not love our family members is sin but to love them more than Jesus is also sin. Let us be worthy of being Jesus’ people because we love Him most of all.