However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–1 Corinthians 2:9
On the way out to my Dad’s yesterday for our weekly Sunday ‘breaking of bread together as a family’ my son asked me what I thought Heaven will be like?
I think this question was prompted from a very recent conversation my son had with an unbeliever, and I think he was experiencing a lot of the same troubling thoughts and emotions that David felt when he had to contend with his (and God’s) enemies.
For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Phillipians 3:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
This was my answer:
Just for a moment let yourself imagine what you felt like when
U Osama Bin Ladin was overtaken and killed. Remember that sense of justice you felt when you knew that a mass murderer had been taken out? That satisfaction is what heaven will be like.
and then this came to mind:
Just for a moment let yourself imagine what your Mother and Father felt like when you were born. You emerged and the doctor placed you in their arms. Imagine the joy they felt when they finally got to meet their little child face to face! That Joy is what heaven will be like.
Or this thought that immediately followed on its heels:
Just for a moment imagine you are a man in love with a woman. You propose to her and she accepts. You both commit to remain virgins until your wedding night. You immediately have to go off to war where you serve your country for four long years apart from your fiance. You come home and plan your wedding. It takes another year of planning until the big day when you finally exchange vows, rings, and consummate your marriage. That consummation is what heaven will be like.
Or the ones that have peppered my thoughts this morning from the moment I stepped foot out of bed:
Just for a moment imagine you are a 6 year old trying to learn to ride a bike for the first time. You struggle and struggle and fall down and struggle some more. You try 10 or 20 times and you just can’t get it. Then you spy a slight incline, drag your bike over to it, perch at the edge, position yourself, and FREEDOM! You start to peddle and the bike stays upright!!! That freedom is what heaven will be like.
Just for a moment imagine you are blind. You have never been able to see anything except darkness. No colors, no food, no ocean, forest, or river, no beauty ever. Then one day you fall and hit your head. When you wake up its a miracle! You can SEE!!! That miracle is what heaven will be like!
Just for a moment imagine you are deaf. You have never been able to hear anything in your life…no birds, no traffic, no words, no singing, no nothing, not even yourself! Just dead air. Then an ear implant is discovered and you get one. Imagine the first sound you hear. Imagine the thanksgiving that floods your heart because you finally hear! That thanksgiving is what heaven will be like.
Just for a moment imagine you were born with paralysis in both your legs. You can’t walk. And then 40 years into your life the medical community discovers a new procedure that allows you to walk for the very first time. You go through surgery and recovery and therapy and then the day comes when they ask you to stand. You are a little unsteady on your feet, but as you stand and find the new muscle tone in your legs from all the therapy, you take your first step, you feel that sense of strong victory course through your veins! That victory is what heaven will be like!
I’m telling you a mystery. Not all of us will die, but we will all be changed. It will happen in an instant, in a split second at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will come back to life. They will be changed so that they can live forever. This body that decays must be changed into a body that cannot decay. This mortal body must be changed into a body that will live forever. When this body that decays is changed into a body that cannot decay, and this mortal body is changed into a body that will live forever, then the teaching of Scripture will come true: “Death is turned into victory! Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?” Sin gives death its sting, and God’s standards give sin its power. Thank God that he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:51-57
I saw a new heaven and a new earth, because the first heaven and earth had disappeared, and the sea was gone. Then I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, dressed like a bride ready for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “God lives with humans! God will make his home with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There won’t be any more death. There won’t be any grief, crying, or pain, because the first things have disappeared.” The one sitting on the throne said, “I am making everything new.” He said, “Write this: ‘These words are faithful and true.'” He said to me, “It has happened! I am the A and the Z, the beginning and the end. I will give a drink from the fountain filled with the water of life to anyone who is thirsty. It won’t cost anything. Everyone who wins the victory will inherit these things. I will be their God, and they will be my children. Revelation 21:1-7
This morning I called my son to come and sit down. I felt the Holy Spirit – The Spirit of Truth – lead me to ask him to pray for this person he had witnessed to; this enemy of the cross. He did. It was a precious thing to see the love of God pour out of my son as he lifted this person up to God for salvation – this same person who had not listened to him speak Truth, and had attacked what he believed in. He indeed prayed for his enemy that she one day would see heaven, too. Grant that Lord unto us and to all we witness to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.