Not to be harsh, but last time we checked the mortality rate was 100%. Everyone will eventually die. For those of us who know Christ, death is just a doorway – a transition from life on earth to life in eternity.
We’ll admit it takes faith to believe in a place you haven’t seen. Honestly, we exercise faith everyday by believing in unseen things like oxygen, electricity, love and gravity. We rely on assurances gained through our experience and the experiences of others.
Recently, a movie came out that told the story of a four year old boy’s visit to heaven. It’s hard to explain away the amazing details of his experience.
Jesus gave us precious assurance about heaven that is recorded in the gospel of John.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 14:1-2
Heaven is a real physical place. Jesus used very tangible words to describe heaven. The disciple John described heaven as a city with walls, streets, gates, trees and a river. Heaven is not some ethereal, mystical figment of man’s imagination. It is a real physical place. We will have real bodies and enjoy real relationships.
Heaven is prepared by Jesus so we can be with Jesus.
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 14:3
Heaven is a place where we can be with Jesus in the Father’s house. Let me tell you about the home I grew up in. It wasn’t perfect, but it was filled with laughter and love. It was the place where we planned our family vacations and sang songs around the fireplace. We played board games and watched home movies my dad had painstakingly edited the old fashioned way. My father’s house was a safe place to relax and just hang out. Imagine heaven being the most beautiful expression of family togetherness. We will be home in the truest sense of the word.
Yes, heaven is real. Jesus answers an even bigger question in this passage. How do we get there?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
If we could earn our way to heaven how would we know when we’d done enough? How good is good enough? Thankfully, we don’t get to heaven by being good. We get to heaven by putting our trust in Jesus.
This is Part 6 in a series
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Click here to read Part 4 How do I deal with the past?
Click here to read Part 3 How do I deal with unanswered prayer?
Click here to read Part 2 How do I grow in faith?
Click here to read Part 1 Why is there suffering?