Series: “THE GOOD PLACE: The Case for Heaven”• Pastor David R. Stokes
Today: “There’s Heaven, and then There’s Heaven”
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
We are all different—it’s a people thing. Different backgrounds, tastes, gifts, ambitions, sizes, and shapes. But there are a few things we all have in common—and by all, I mean, like, everyone on the planet now, and who has ever lived or will live. Everyone.
One thing all human beings have always had in common is that the Creator hard-wired us to believe in forever and to be curious about the possibility of a better place. (See; Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV)
That place is heaven. It’s time to cut through the fluffy clouds of myth and legend and bottom-line what it all means. It’s not a subjective topic—objective truth is available to us. Absolute truth. The Bible. Having a discussion about heaven without using the Bible is like trying to describe the speech patterns of bi-lingual unicorns. Not possible. Besides, everyone knows unicorns speak only one language—and their voices have a nasal sound.
Like Kermit the Frog.
Over the years, I’ve had people talk to me about heaven and how they can’t wait to fly around with wings and stand on clouds. Sorry, that’s not going to happen. But we will go to church a lot.
Lost some of you there, huh?
Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (I Corinthians 2:9 NIV) He was quoting the prophet Isaiah. You might be tempted to say, “so, it’s all stuff we can’t possible know.”
You’d be wrong. Keep reading: “But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.” (I Corinthians 2:10)
What is your biggest question about the subject of heaven?
What part, if any, does the reality of heaven play in your decision making process?
Do you know for sure that you’re going to heaven?