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Our Heavenly Home

HeavenlyMinded_std_t19th century American evangelist D.L. Moody once said,

"Soon you will read in the papers that Moody is dead. Don’t believe it, for in that moment I will be more alive than I have ever been."

That's the glorious truth about heaven. Revelation 21:1-8 tells us that there is no better place than the new heavens and the new earth; no better people than beautiful and perfect church of Jesus Christ; no better promises than that God is going to dwell among us ridding the world of sin and its affects; and no better person than God himself. What we long for but cannot find in this world is found only in Heaven.

John Piper paints a wonderful picture of this in his book, Future Grace.

And everywhere

I turned I saw a wonder there.

A big man running on the lawn:

That's old John Younge with both legs on.

The blind can see a bird on wing,

The dumb can lift his voice and sing.

The diabetic eats at will,

The coronary runs uphill.

The lame can walk, the deaf can hear,

The cancer-ridden bone is clear.

Arthritic joints are lithe and free,

And every pain has ceased to be.

And every sorrow deep within,

And every trace of lingering sin

Is gone. And all that's left is joy,

And endless ages to employ

The mind and heart to understand

And love the sovereign Lord who planned

That it should take eternity

To lavish all his grace on me.[1]

For every person trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, this is what we have to look forward to! It's breath-taking! And we would do well to have our souls stirred afresh again and again with this vision of eternity. God put it forth for the struggling churches of Asia (Revelation 2-3) and he's preserved it for us today. Have a blessed holiday week and may your longings for your heavenly home only increase.

 

[1] John Piper, Future Grace (Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 1995), 381-382.

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