A five-year old girl had no “sleepover” experience before. She was invited to sleepover at a friend’s house. She was nervous, but gave it a try. She did fine during the daytime, but when it got dark she got nervous in a strange place. The friend’s mother perceived this: “honey, are you getting homesick?” With childlike innocence she replied: “No ma’am, I’m getting here-sick!”
Sometimes I become “here-sick” because I am “homesick” to be in Heaven. Just after our wedding I said to my wife: “I can not wait to be in heaven.” Needless to say, that was taken with mixed reaction.
There are people today who deny the existence of heaven. But Jesus said John 14 “I go to prepare a PLACE for you…there you shall be also.” Heaven is a literal, tangible place and is described in detail in the Word of God. John SAW with his eyes: Revelation 21:1-2 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and the sea was gone. I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, ready like a bride adorned for her husband.
In heaven we will have real glorified bodies! Jesus rose from the dead in His glorified body.
Nothing we see on this physical earth is going to last…nothing will remain. We like to have nice things and we should enjoy them, but don’t get too attached…they are not permanent. In the end, all we have left is our soul and spirit! Every stain of sin and all the evidence of evil will be vanquished as well when the old earth is destroyed!
One of the most precious experiences we will have in heaven is being approached by someone who says, I got saved because of your witness, your testimony, your outreach, your giving, your prayers, etc.
God prepared heaven for His children. Revelation 21:2 “I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.” When Jesus ascended into heaven, He said He is going to prepare place for us all in Heaven. 1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”
Heaven is a place where we will ultimately relate to God and each other. Heaven is a place of relationship. Revelation 21:3 “I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See, the tabernacle of God is among humans! He will make his home with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God.” We will see and relate to God the Father and Jesus Christ. Being face to face with God is a precious thought for the believer…that’s what Heaven is!
Heaven is not a reward for those who are faithful…we can’t work our way to heaven. We will be elated, yes, but only because we have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Heaven is complete and therefore a place of relief from the earthly pain and crisis. Revelation 21:3 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There won’t be death anymore. There won’t be any grief, crying, or pain, because the first things have disappeared.” The one sitting on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new!” He said, “Write this: ‘These words are trustworthy and true.’”
- There will be no more crying, sighing, or dying! No hospitals or graves!
- Satan will not be able to get in there. He will be in the bottomless pit of hell.
- There will be no aging or wrinkles. The fountain of youth will be there.
- Nothing will ruin, rot, or rust.
- There will be no thirsting, or hunger.
- No itching, no blindness, no deafness, no diabetes, no cancer, or heart attacks, or scars, no witchcraft, and anything that enslaves us on earth.
- No divorce, child abductions, accidents…and no more bills!
The more we experience all the pain and hurt of earth, the sweeter heaven will be for us. Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Some call it heaven, the New Jerusalem, pearly white city, Glory, and some call it “home”. Are you also “homesick”?