Top 10 Things I Would Like to Say
Their importance is not necessarily rated, but their order has a flow to it. They move from initial contact to ultimate destiny.
- Absolute truth is based upon empirical, changeless evidence. When followed to its logical conclusion, it must stand the closest scrutiny.
- Debating Evolution vs. Creation does no one any good unless a person is willing to consider that the other person may be right.
- Faith comes by hearing; are you ready to listen?
- Why I believe in Jesus.
- We are designed to create, but not by ourselves. The Spirit wants to create with us!
- Every decision we make shifts our direction, vision, and course. How much depends upon the decision, and how long depends upon our own stubbornness.
- Jesus is Jewish.
- We owe quite a debt to Israel.
- Jesus is coming soon! How do we get ready?
- What awaits us in heaven?
23 For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life…
What awaits us in heaven? part 1
Let’s begin with some basic facts presented in Scripture that shed light on what is to come by looking at what has already been revealed:
- The presence of Jesus in Heaven-
- Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. John 13:1. Jesus knew the plan.
- After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. John 17:1-5. Jesus was sharing the plan with the disciples one last time.
- Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! John 17:24. We see Jesus’ heart in this verse. He LOVES us!
- And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise [same word as Eden].” Luke 23:43. Jesus reassured the thief that he would be with Jesus in the next world.
- I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:19-20. Paul speaks of what he has seen (2 Corinthians 12:1-4). Jesus IS in Heaven!
- We will have real, spiritual, glorified bodies-
- It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. 43 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. 44 They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies. 45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. 46 What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. 49 Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man. 1 Corinthians 15:42-48. These physical bodies of which Paul speaks are far superior to these earthly vessels. We get a pretty good idea of what they will be like by looking at Jesus once He was resurrected.
- Jesus could:
- Go back and forth between heaven and earth (John 20:17)
- Appear wherever He wanted (John 20:19)
- Eat physical food (Luke 24:41-43)
- Be touched, which requires a physical body (Luke 24:39 and John 20:27)
- Was recognizable (John 21:7, 12)
- We will be like Him- Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 1 John 3:2. This is our promise and to what we hold so dearly.
Tomorrow, we will look at the new heaven and the new earth. Today, let’s focus on being like Christ BEFORE He was resurrected:
- Meek and humble (Matthew 11:28-30)
- Joyful (Isaiah 61:3)
- Compassionate (for the lost, Matthew 9:36)
- A Servant (Mark 10:45)
If we focus on having these Christ-like traits today, what a difference it will make in our lives and what an impact it will have on those who live with us! They’ll think we are different people–which is the point! “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation!”
Abba, I pray that as we gaze toward heaven, it’s with the intent of being Your hands and feet here on earth. We can endure anything for a season, especially with the promise of the reward You have in store for us! Make us like You, LORD Jesus, a servant to those around us. Amen.