Mark Twain’s famous story of Huckleberry Finn tells of Miss Watson, a rather stodgy old fuddy-duddy. She began to tell Huck Finn about heaven, and Huck later mused: “She said … she was going to live so as to go to the good place. Well, I couldn’t see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn’t try for it. But I never said so, because it would only make trouble and wouldn’t do no good. Now she had got a start, and she went on and told me all about the good place. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever. So I didn’t think much of it. But I never said so.”
Then I got to thinking: If Heaven is boring it would have to be because God is boring. That is utter nonsense. Our desire for pleasure and the experience of joy come directly from God’s hand.
our taste buds,
sex and our sex drives,
our ability to laugh
our ability to appreciate beauty
the nerve endings that convey pleasure to our brains
the feeling of exhilaration
Heaven is God’s home, the dwelling place of the One who is infinite in creativity, goodness, beauty, and power. How could the home of someone like that be anything less than thrilling? As Paul says, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
All secondary joys are derivative in nature. They cannot be separated from God. Flowers are beautiful for 1 reason – God is beautiful.
Rainbows are stunning because God is stunning.
Puppies are delightful because God is delightful.
Sports are fun because God is fun.
Study is rewarding because God is rewarding.
Work is fulfilling because God is fulfilling.
Every other joy will be derivative, flowing from the fountain of our relationship with God.
John Donne said, “No man ever saw God and lived. And yet, I shall not live till I see God.”
Or as Randy Alcorn puts it, “The day I die will be the best day I’ve ever lived.”
10 reasons why heaven will be a blast.
1 We get a new body
2 Corinthians 4:5 – talking about our bodies
“While we live in this earthly tent we groan with a feeling of oppression. It is not that we want to get rid of our earthly body but we want to have the heavenly one put on over us so that what is immortal will be transformed by life”
In heaven – won’t be mystical pieces of cloud, Spirit people, floating along. We will actually have a body. The limitations, sickness, disease hassled that we had with earthly bodies will be gone.
2 We get to live in a custom-built house.
John 14:1-3 Jesus says
“I go to prepare a place for you.”
Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us- custom-built house.
3 We get to eat great food.
“I say to you that many will come from the east and the west and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
“And the angel said to me ‘Blessed are those that are invited to the wedding supper of the lamb.” And he answered – “These are the true words of God.”
Be there with relatives, friends, mates – awesome. One big party in Heaven.
4 We will get to talk with Bible characters
Luke 9:30-31 gives us a peek:
“two men talked with him who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory …”
We will be able to chat to Bible characters and famous Christians throughout history.
5 See and speak with our loved ones
“We who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the air and so we will be with the Lord forever.”
I reckon heaven will be blast just for fact can hang out with people we loved here on earth
6 We will get to live in a perfect world.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”
The Bible says God gave Adam and Eve everything. Pleasant to the eyes, food good to eat, animals – Paradise. If God created that here on earth, how much more awesome Heaven where God lives? Heaven will be a blast – perfect environment, perfect world, just like Adam & Eve had in Garden of Eden – awesome.
7 There is going to be ‘NO More’s’
Revelation 7:16-17 says
“They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
There will be no more hunger, thirst, scorching heat, tears, death, crying, no more bad guys and no more impure things.
8 Take part in awesome worship
Revelation 7:9 is one glimpse:
“I looked and behold a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues … All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God.”
The whole atmosphere in heaven is honour and worship. Randy Alcorn, in his book simply titled Heaven, says, “Consider what it will be like to see the Masai of Kenya, the Dinka of Sudan, the Hmong, Athabaskans, Tibetans, Aucans, Icelanders, Macedonians, Moldovans, Moroccans, and Peruvians. Hundreds of nations, thousands of people groups, will gather to worship Christ. And many national and cultural distinctives, untouched by sin, will continue to the glory of God.”
9 No time in eternity – heaven
Revelation 22:5, the last Bible chapter notes:
“They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
We won’t be able to conceptualise time in heaven. So my idea is that we will live all of eternity all at once as there will be no past and no future as there is no time. That all at once moment lasts for all eternity.
10 We get to see God.
“Dear Friends, now we are children of God and what we be has not yet been made known, but we can know that when He appears, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.”
“And if I go I will prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to be with me that you will also be where I am.”
I think heaven will be a blast just for that one reason alone – the fact that we get to hang out with God.
How do we get there?
John 14:6 – Jesus said
“I am the way, the truth and the light, no-one comes to the Father but through me.”
John 3:16 – Jesus said
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Me will not perish but have everlasting life.”
Heaven is an incredible place.
WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
How confident are you that you would end up in heaven?
John 14:1-3 –
Heaven is a Place
Heaven is a Prepared Place
Heaven is a Prepared Place for Prepared People
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[by Peter Pilt, adapted]