A man dreams of a ladder resting on earth and touching heaven. The LORD stood above it and angels were ascending and descending on it. When he woke up he called that place Bethel meaning the house of God and he said that it was the gateway to heaven.
No one can forget this dream. It has captured the hearts and imagination of people for centuries. The reason is that we all long to have a glimpse of heaven.
Heaven is the home of God the Father. It is a real place. He awaits his children to arrive there. Meanwhile preparations are on for welcoming them home. What a joy when life’s race is over and you touch the finishing tape. You wake up to a new morn–a glorious beginning that will never end.
Heaven is a place of joy. It is a place where God will wipe away all tears from your eyes. No more death or mourning or crying or pain. I tell you it is not the boring kind of entertainment that you get on earth. Heaven is joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Heaven is where Jesus is. He said that he is the way. He said that in his Father’s house there are many mansions. And he is going to prepare a place for those who believe in him. One day he is going to come back to take us there. Amazing, isn’t it? God wants to share his home with us brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.
Heaven has music. Never-ending praises will be sung to God. Hallelujah’s (which means Praise the LORD) and Amen’s (which means so be it) will resound. Multitudes from every tribe and language and people and nation will join the angels in singing songs of praise to the Lamb of God who shed his blood to save men and women from spending an eternity in hell.
Now the question is how soon will all this become real to us?
I hope most of you have seen Umpires calling “Time” during tennis matches. That trumpet call will sound from heaven soon. Earth will give up her dead. Books will be opened. Each man will have to give account for his life before God’s judgement seat.
And then those whose names are found in the Lamb’s Book of Life will live with God for ever. Others who never accepted God’s offer of life while living on earth will be thrown into the lake of fire from which there is no escape!
Sounds too narrow-minded; isn’t it? I cannot find fault with you for thinking so. But the truth is that Jesus said the way to heaven is narrow. This is what he said. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”*
Heaven, my friends, is not open by popular vote. It is open only for those who enter through the way of the cross. For it was on the cross that God came near to man like never before. That was where God put the punishment due to me and you for all our sins on his own beloved Son Jesus. And in turn welcomed us home to heaven!
Introduction reference to Jacob’s dream–Genesis 28:10–22 Bible
Matthew 7:13, 14 Bible
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”– Jesus Christ (John 14:6 NIV).
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”– Jesus Christ (John 3:17 NIV).