When We All Get To Heaven
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.
~ John 14:2-4 (NRSV)
As Christians, we often talk about heaven. We discuss the relief from pain, misery and sorrow. We reminisce about loved ones who have already taken that journey. Even non-Christians talk of a resting place of peace when one dies. We all long for a place that has less turmoil than this life here on earth.
Christians believe that the gateway to heaven is through Jesus Christ. He fulfilled all the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, of the coming Messiah. Jesus himself said that He was the gate, the door, the shepherd, and the way. He explained that the only way to the Father, was through Him.
Christ went on to tell us that He was going to prepare a place for us. He talked of mansions and a place of rest, free from sorrow or pain. He even told the man hanging on the cross next to Him, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” There it is! He called it, Paradise.
Webster’s Dictionary defines paradise as, “A place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight.” Also, two synonyms are Eden and Heaven. We know that Eden is where God created Adam and Eve. We also know that it was there man chose to sin.
Eve was enticed by Satan, himself. That was a pretty big enticement. Adam then was swayed by his wife. Through the ages, that baton of sin continues to be passed on from generation to generation. We are all victims of the curse of sin, and we love to involve others in our sin. It’s never fun to sin alone. We were all barred from that paradise called Eden, forever.
There is a paradise for us to have, though, and we call it heaven. God has paved the way through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the price for our sins when He submitted Himself to a brutal death on the cross. He then rose victoriously and sits at the right hand of God, pleading our case. Anyone who turns from the wicked ways, and who seeks this Christ for forgiveness, will have this place of which He speaks: heaven!
We will be reunited with our loved ones; however, when we die, our eyes will be focused on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will be content and happy in this place of paradise. We too, will be victorious over death and have life everlasting, because of Jesus.
There are words to an old song that goes, “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that shall be. When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!” We need to get our hearts ready and our vocal chords warmed up. A great day is coming!
Dear Father, Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who paved the way for us to have eternal life in paradise. Amen
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Scripture taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Devotion shared by Jenny Calvert.
As Christians, we often talk about heaven.