May 8 – Heaven

Read: John 14:1-14

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:3 ESV)

Jesus promised that heaven is a reality. Not only that, but he declared his intentions to gather his followers to himself at some appointed time. That in calling the redeemed he would bring us to his heavenly home. He would and will take us to the place for which he departed physical time and space to prepare.

Heaven is for real. It is a place. As much as we can either imagine or fathom it is a location. It is somewhere than can be arrived at, departed from, and dwelled in. It is the capital city of the Kingdom of God. The headquarters of the heavenly host of angel armies. The garrison for God’s servants, messengers, and gathered children. In short, heaven is home.

It isn’t limbo. There isn’t a waiting list. It isn’t purgatory, it isn’t hell, it isn’t Texas, and it isn’t the mall. It’s not Jerusalem, Mecca, or near the Wailing Wall. The bible paints a picture of golden streets, pearly gates, and rainbow foundations. It is going to be a breathtaking display of grandeur that in truth we may barely even notice as we turn our fullest undiminished affections toward God.

There we will experience peace in full. Joy in earnest. Knowledge unadulterated. Love unfettered. Time unending. God Almighty. The Spirit in Fullness. And Jesus our Savior.

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