There are some people who have claimed that they’ve died and gone to Heaven. Some of them even claim that they’ve seen and spoken with Jesus, Himself, and was given some type of message to bring back with them. Whether these claims hold any truth or not, I do not know, but there’s one thing that I am sure of, and that is that Heaven is real.
No, I haven’t been there yet, but I believe it by faith. Here’s why. In the still and quiet moments when I’m spending time with God in worship and prayer, it feels as if He’s giving me a little taste of Heaven. Although a very small sample, the overwhelming love and joy that I feel in those moments of quiet worship, as I sit and bathe in His presence, sure feel Heavenly to me.
There’s no such feeling found in all the earth – no other deep, peaceful, exhilarating, experience, such as the one that is felt when I’m in the awesome presence of God.
Billy Graham once suggested that “Heaven will be what we have always longed for. It will be the new social order that men dream of. All the things that have made earth unlovely and tragic will be absent in heaven. There will be no night, no death, no disease, no sorrow, no tears, no ignorance, no disappointment, no war.
It will be filled with happiness, worship, love, and perfection” (Staff). Martin Luther, a German monk and priest, and one of the most influential figures in the history of Christianity, was said to once have stated, “I would not give one moment of heaven for all the joy and riches of the world, even if it lasted for thousands and thousands of years.”
I second that statement. A moment with Jesus, even one that’s very brief, isn’t worth giving up for any amount of treasure or any number of lifetimes on earth.I believe that Heaven is a place that our human minds can’t even begin to accurately imagine, even with all the imagery provided in the Bible. However, the following passage of scripture does offer us some insight on what Heaven will be like.
Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.
No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.
Revelation 22:1-5 (NLT)
Wow! Did you just read that too? The Bible tells us that in Heaven, there will be rivers as clear as crystal, no more curses at all, and we won’t have need for the sun, because the Lord God will shine on us and be our light.
Did you hear that? There will be no more sweltering heat from the sun and no more sunburns to deal with. And how many times have you stayed up all night crying about this or worrying about that? Well, I have some more good news for you! The Bible also tells us that God shall wipe away all tears.
There will be no more death, sorrow, or crying in Heaven. (Revelation 21:4). That means no more turning on the news and hearing about fatality after fatality, resulting from murder, wrecks, disease, and carelessness. No more crying over the death of loved ones. No more concern about death at all because it will be obsolete.
There will be no more hunger and no more thirst. There will be no more rape and no more heartaches. And pain? Forget about it! Neither shall there be any more pain. It will be paradise. All our troubles in this old world will be over. I don’t know about you, but I get excited just thinking about it!
Yes, I believe that Heaven is truly an awesome and wonderful place. However, the best thing about it is that we’ll finally be where He is, and we shall see His face. That’s what Heaven truly is. That’s what it’s all about. It’s a place where we’ll get to spend eternity with our Creator and worship Him around the clock; all of us who are God’s children—at home, with our Heavenly Father, forever.
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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Staff, BGEA. “What Will Heaven Be like?” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, BGEA, 1 June 2004, billygraham.org/answer/what-will-heaven-be-like-2/.