Revelation 4:2-4

2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.

3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.

4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.

1 Corinthians 2:9 but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and, which have not have entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

When I think about Heaven I picture dazzling scenes like this one. Filled with angels, creatures, saints, singers all bringing glory to God as Jesus is exalted. Corinthians says that man cannot imagine all that God has prepared for those who love Him. That brings us to a personal note. I’m sure we all have relatives, or loved ones who have gone before. Ever since they’ve been enjoying the glory and splendor of Heaven. Just imagine the moment you arrive, and approach the gate of Heaven and it swings open. There’s your Mom, your Dad, brothers, sisters, cousins, your whole family of believers who went before you. Now you are suddenly and eternally united. With the passing of each one there came great sorrow. Now a glorious reunion. Unspeakable joy.

People ask what about pets? Will my favorite dog be there? “Yes,” said CS Lewis, “Of course there are animals in heaven. What about the horses we’ll all ride on various occasions.” “What about dogs?” Do you really believe all animals go to heaven? “Yes, I do.” The inquirer said, “Then what about mosquitoes?” “Have you ever heard of hell?”

Of course the greatest coming together of all will be to see Jesus. To touch the wounds in his hands, see the scars on his face and feel his warm embrace. The One you have talked about, sung about, learned about. Finally face to face. Jesus said He would go and prepare a place for you and come again and receive you to Himself. So that there you may be with Him always. Depending on the timing of your death and the Rapture you may end up being one of those who have gone on before. But no matter the details, everything about Heaven will be glorious and free of pain, of sorrow, sin and failure.

Oh, and let’s not forget the Old Testament Saints. They’ll eventually be there. Waiting. Rewarded by the coming up of all those who follow them. Heaven and its people and events are all in the supernatural and from there all goes on in eternity. Praise the Lord.

I have hung my hat and faith on the Corinthians verse since I was a high school kid and it means more and more each day as that indescribable place gains more of my family and loved ones all the time. I have reached an age where I see far too many of my people memorialized on FB every week. Our daughter, Kristen, suddenly went to Heaven on December 30th and I am glad for her, but I weep as I write. Our family’s hope is Jesus and our coming reunion.

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