“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thessalonians 4:16-17
Have you ever been homesick? I can remember the first time I experienced this as a child. Nothing could solve the problem except going home. Reading and writing about heaven has made me homesick. We are strangers and pilgrims here on earth, and we long for that day, when we shall see Jesus face to face.
I just listened to this beautiful song: Destination Known. Here is the link and I hope you will take time to listen to it.
Although the Bible does not give us a lot of details about Heaven there are some things that we do know about the New Jerusalem, which is our final destination.
- Heaven is a holy place. Sin can never enter there. Revelation 21:27 “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
- Jesus is the Light. Revelation 21:23 “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
- Works will be rewarded. Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”
- No more sorrow or sadness. Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
We have often sung a chorus: “Heaven will surely be worth it all, worth all the troubles that here befall. After this life with all its strife, heaven will surely be worth it all.”
Have you made your reservation? Is your destination known? If not, today is the day to seek the Lord and make sure you are ready for His return. We have no guarantee of tomorrow.
Prayer: Jesus, I thank you that you paid the price for our redemption on Calvary and your blood cleanses us from all sin. We await your coming to take us home to heaven.
Devotion by Anne Johnston