Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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)
Our Dear Brother Gary has returned to our Lord on the last Saturday. While he was sleeping, he quietly and peacefully went back to our Eternal Home with God. On earth, some of us who have loved him have sorrows of the physical separation with him, but we know, by faith, right now he is with our Eternal and Ever-loving Father, and rejoicing in Him.
Our Eternal Home, Heaven. How does it look like? Of course, we cannot see it with our physical eyes, not because Heaven does not exist, but because our eyes are incapable of seeing Heaven. Bible tells “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Corinthian 13:12) Yes, although we see dimly and have a partial knowledge about the Heaven now, but we will able to see clearly when we see Jesus face to face. As a human, it is impossible to grasp the true nature of the Heaven in any means. Even so, to encourage us, Our Merciful God has revealed to us about the Heaven in multiple places in Bible. Let’s see how Bible tells us about Heaven, which is the closest thing that we can have now.
First, Jesus told to His disciples “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) Jesus explains us. In Heaven, there are many rooms, and anyone who believes in Jesus will come to Heaven and comfortably live with God forever!
Then Prophet Isaiah saw Heaven and described in the Book of Isaiah:
“For behold, I create new heavens
and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
or come into mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
and her people to be a gladness.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in my people;
no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
and the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not fill out his days,
for the young man shall die a hundred years old,
and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labor in vain
or bear children for calamity,
for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD,
and their descendants with them.
Before they call I will answer;
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain,”
says the LORD. (Isaiah 65:17-25)
In Heaven, there will be a perfect peace. God answers even before we call, and even before we speak, He will hear us. No more barrier or fear to God. Even between animals, there is no more animosity. Wolves and lambs live peacefully while grazing together, and lions eat straw like oxen. What a peaceful scene! Surely, there will be no more a fight or a war between humans.
John, one of Jesus’ disciples, also saw a vision about Heaven and recorded:
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)
John saw a great multitude from every nation. They all stood before the throne of the Lamb. All of them were clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. They were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” What a blessed scene. Our Gary right now sees this. I am sure he must have already joined the great multitude of believes, and praises the Lamb with a loud voice.
In Heaven, the light is the glory of the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. (Revelation 21:24-25)
Not like light on earth, it never goes away nor is obscured by clouds. Even, there is no more night because the glory of God is with us forever. We will be His people forever too. That’s why this is our eternal home.
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 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 21:3-4)
Then God stretches His merciful hand, and wipes away every tear from our eyes. The will be no more mourning, crying, pain and even death because the former things have passed away. For Gary, the pains and toils on earth have gone away forever. Instead, he raises his voice singing and praising him forever as he did sing in choir with us. Of course, there will be no more pain, life storm, sadness, and even death. All things of the old have simply gone away.
We, believer, have the same hope and assurance. When we will come to Heaven, and we will join the great multitude of believers to sing praise our LORD forever, who is our Ever-Loving Father. Of course, we will see Gary and all other dear brothers and sisters in Christ.
Praise God! God so loved us that He gave His one and only Son. Thus, whoever believes in Him already has an eternal life!
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)
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