John 14:1-3: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Growing up there were many times when I just couldn’t wait to get home, there was just something special about walking through that door. No matter what had happened during the day, when I got home, nothing could bother me. At home I could feel safe, and knew I was loved no matter what. Mom and dad were there, and if I wanted to, I could walk 20 feet to grandma and grandpa’s house. Home was my favorite place to be – I still feel that way about home. But there is another home I want to talk about with you today – the home of the soul!
Revelation 21:3-4: “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
John says that in heaven God will wipe away our tears and take away our sorrow, which are all the reasons why we shed tears. Are you living with a broken heart, are you discouraged, depressed, worn out, defeated, tired, frustrated? Maybe you are struggling with the pains of a divorce, a job loss, or maybe you have lost a loved one, especially a child or a grandchild, which has to be the most devastating thing that could ever happen to anyone? No one should ever have to outlive their own children.
How many times have you, like David, cried yourself to sleep? Psalm 6:6-7: “…all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of grief…”
Then you need to know that when you go to your eternal home, the same hands that stretched the heavens will touch your cheeks, caress your face, and wipe away your tears forever.
John also says that in heaven there will be no more death. Can you imagine it? Heaven is a city that has no funeral homes, no cemetery, and no tombstones. No hearse will ever drive on the golden streets of heaven, in heaven there will never be a funeral procession. In heaven the word “goodbye” will never be spoken.
John also says that in heaven there will be no more pain. We’ve all seen people suffer and hurt and endure pain we can only imagine. Over the years I have had numerous people who were suffering so much tell me how they looked forward to not hurting anymore. Well, folks, guess what – they don’t hurt anymore.
Remember, in heaven there will be no suffering of any kind, which means no heart attacks, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and no physical handicaps of any kind.
In heaven, our bodies will never hurt again, because God will remove all pain and all sickness for all eternity – “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later” (Romans 8:18).
In heaven, no one will get hurt, there will be no abortion clinics, no jails, no missing children, no killings, no wars, no unemployment, no taxes, no bills, no hospitals, no pollution, nobody will ever go hungry, and absolutely nothing will ever grow old. No termites will eat at the foundation of heaven because it rests on the rock of ages. Fire cannot destroy it. Floods cannot wash it away. The doors are not locked in heaven because no evil person will be there to come in and hurt you. In heaven we will know only happiness, because the things of this life that have caused us sorrow will no longer exist. In heaven, we will finally be able to rest – “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13).
Many are anxious to know if they will recognize their friends and loved ones in heaven. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 – “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.”
How could they be his reason for rejoicing if he could not recognize them and know that they were among the saved?
Matthew 8:11 – “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”
Here we find that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have not lost their identities; Moses and Elijah did not lose their identities on the Mount of Transfiguration.
The Bible says our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20), and that when we die we are gathered to our people – “And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days…” (Genesis 35:29).
Lazarus was still Lazarus in Hades (Luke 16); Samuel was still Samuel though already dead (1 Samuel 28:14). Jesus called Lazarus by name when He raised him from the dead (John 11).
In heaven, we will know each other – you will see your children/grandchildren; you will know your spouse but not be married to them (Matthew 22:29-33); how about your mom and your dad? How about your grandparents? Doesn’t the thought excite you? In heaven, we will enjoy fellowship throughout all eternity with saved friends and relatives we had on earth and also with everyone else who is there, which includes God.
You need to know that there is a wonderful experience waiting for every person who is a child of God. You may have done and seen everything there is on this planet, but this will all be nothing when you set your feet on the streets of gold in the paradise of God, called heaven (1 Corinthians 2:9 – “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him”).
But you know, it’s not easy for us to see a city we’ve never seen, is it? It’s not easy to walk by faith, not by sight. For some of you, life has been very difficult, and you are tired. Because of these difficulties, the temptation is great at times to quit, to give up the faith – many do! Let me encourage you today, it will be worth it to go on – heaven will surely be worth it all!