Thinking About Heaven

March 09, 2018 0 Comments

I have been thinking a lot more about heaven these days. Perhaps it is because of the life and legacy of Billy Graham (see last week's blog). Fox News had a great documentary on Billy Graham's life, and I was amazed at how often in his later years he talked about going home to heaven. It was on his mind and it was his heart's desire. He projected a deep conviction of the hope he had in Christ.
Also, on Sunday, Feb. 25th, I had the joy and privilege of preaching at the church where Nancy and I are members, Cross-link Community Church in Harrisonburg. The Pastor was away on a vacation and he asked me to fill the pulpit for him that Sunday, which I deeply appreciated. Since retiring a few years ago, my preaching opportunities have been few and far between. I preached on the truth that heaven is a real place, not some kind of spirit world, not floating around on a cloud, not an altered state of consciousness. Jesus said: "In my Fathers 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 to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also."
Interesting, isn't it? The older you get, the more you think about heaven, about going home to be with the Lord. Heaven is looking better and better because this world is looking worse and worse.
The Apostle Paul had the unusual and unique experience of actually going to heaven, looking around, and then coming back to his earthly life again (Read II Cor. 12:1-4). He was so utterly overwhelmed by the glories of heaven, what he saw and what he heard, that he couldn't even put the experience into words.
Jesus not only told His disciples ABOUT heaven, in John 14, He also told them HOW to get there. He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Me". Yes, Christ is the only way to heaven. Do you know Him as your Savior?

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.