Have you ever been so excited about something that was going to happen that it just made your entire day? Pastor Steve Malone tells the story of his 6 year old daughter Leila and how excited she was about getting on a plane with her mom and flying to Florida. Steve says that he picked Leila up from school and you talk about being wound up, Leila was wound up. Steve said that when they pulled into the driveway she was ready to go. But he told her “we have to get your mom and eat lunch”. She even was excited about her lunch even though it was not her favorite hotdogs. She kept singing and bouncing around even more than usual through lunch and on the way to the airport.
She continued to sing and to bounce all the way to the airplane. It’s amazing what having something to look forward to does for the attitude of a child and how it changes how they view life at that particular moment. And do you know what? We as adults are really the same way – we also have a before vacation attitude… As you think about it haven’t you been in a better mood when you know that a vacation is coming? And haven’t you handled the things of life a little better at those times?
Today, if you are a Christian I want to give you something to look forward too. I want to give you a “before vacation” attitude about your life, I want to re-kindle a new the fires of your hope. And today if you are not a Christian I pray that the hope that those who are in Christ have will move you to accept Christ in order that you to may be born again into a living hope…. Today , I’d like to briefly share with you the top 10 reasons why I think heaven is going to be so wondrous:
# 1: is because when we get to heaven: WE GET A NEW BODY 1 Cor 15:51-54 “BEHOLD, I TELL YOU A MYSTERY. WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED In heaven we get a new body… And if we’re honest we’d have to admit that living in this body is not so great. Our earthly body get’s tired, feels pain, get’s sick, and with age; moves slower, sags, our eyes dim, our ears dull, and things falls out (hair & teeth)… Getting a new body is one reason that heaven is going to be great!
# 2: WE’LL GET TO LIVE IN A CUSTOM BUILT HOUSE JOHN 14:1-3 “LET NOT YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED. BELIEVE IN GOD; BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE ARE MANY ROOMS.
# 3: WE’LL GET TO EAT GREAT FOOD In Matthew 8 Jesus said: “I SAY TO YOU THAT MANY WILL COME FROM THE EAST June 2017 Newsletter Handing out gifts to all the ladies for Mother’s Day Sunday Annual Ladies’ Spring Brunch AND THE WEST, AND WILL TAKE THEIR PLACES AT THE FEAST WITH ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN….” MT 8:11
# 4: WE GET TO TALK WITH BIBLE CHARACTERS
# 5: SEE AND SPEAK WITH OUR LOVED ONES 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-17 “…WE WHO ARE STILL ALIVE AND ARE LEFT WILL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE AIR. AND SO WE WILL BE WITH THE LORD FOREVER.” I am looking forward to being with my loved ones again, aren’t you? Those who have gone on before me and those who are still with me…
# 6: WE’LL GET TO LIVE IN A PERFECT WORLD Does living in this world ever get you down? Well, in Revelation 21 John tells us that the heavenly city is surrounded by high beautiful walls the foundations of which are made of precious stones. He says that the city is made of pure transparent Gold and jasper. He says that in this city there is no need for a temple, for God and His Son are there. It also has no need for the sun, for God’s glory and Jesus provide all the illumination that is needed.
# 7: ANOTHER REASON HEAVEN IS GOING TO BE WONDERFUL IS BECAUSE OF THE NO-MORES What do I mean by “no-mores” No-more sickness, no-more hurt feelings, no-more wondering if I could have accomplished more, no-more loneliness, no-more good-byes, no-more tears, no more death… Here’s what Jesus promises us in Revelation 21:4 “HE WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES,
# 8: IT WILL BE THE END OF OUR SINFUL FALLS
# 9: IN HEAVEN WE WILL TAKE PART IN AN AWESOME WORSHIP SERVICE REVELATION 5:11-14 – “THEN I LOOKED, AND HEARD AROUND THE THRONE AND THE LIVING CREATURES AND THE ELDERS THE VOICE OF MANY ANGELS, NUMBERING MYRIADS OF MYRIADS AND THOUSANDS OF THOUSANDS, SAYING WITH A LOUD VOICE, “WORTHY IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN, TO RECEIVE POWER AND WEALTH AND WISDOM AND MIGHT AND HOONOR AND GLORY AND BLESSING…”
#10: WE WILL GET TO SEE GOD…. (THE FATHER, SON, SPIRIT) In 1 JOHN 3:2 John writes: “DEAR FRIENDS, NOW WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, AND WHAT WE WILL BE HAS NOT YET BEEN MADE KNOWN. BUT WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE APPEARS WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS…”