We enjoyed coffee cake and chat before the Re:fresh service this week. Our teaching series on the Lords’ Prayer moved on to “Who art in Heaven”. We debated what Heaven meant to us, Pete Austin said his was full of pianos! We are urged to live out our life here on Earth as if it was Heaven.
What do we think of when we hear the word “Heaven”?:
- Chocolate fountains?
- A song: “Heaven… I’m in heaven…” Cheek to Cheek – music and words by Irving Berlin?
It’s a bit like the word “awesome” it is used so much these days to describe fairly uneventful happenings, that it has lost it’s true meaning. Heaven is a word bandied about quite frequently, “oh that chocolate pudding was heavenly” so has it lost it’s meaning to us?
What are we expecting to see when we get to Heaven? Has anyone any ideas? ….. Clouds, angels with harps?
In Rev Ch 21 v 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
We are studying Revelations in our home group, if you would like to join us…. It is one of the least read books of the New Testament. It is heavy going and there is lots of symbolism that would have been easy for the Churches it was written to, to understand as they would have been steeped in the teachings of the Old Testament.
When do we think of Heaven? Perhaps only when a loved one has died or is near to Death. Maybe when a child asks us what Heaven is like.
What would your idea of heaven be like? A deserted beach or one full of people? A half empty restaurant or one busting with life? A quiet night in with a good book or a noisy party?
There are many, many references to Heaven in the Bible, here are just a few. Genesis 1:1, 1Kings 22:19, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalm 103:19, Isaiah 40:21-26, Isaiah 63:15, Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:1-2, Matthew 3:17, Mark 13:32, Acts 7:54-56, Revelations 21:1-2
What ever else we may or may not think about heaven, we can be assured of one thing. In John 14 v 6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”
This is at the root of Christianity. A belief in Jesus as our Lord is if you like our passport to Heaven. However as you will see in the coming weeks, this isn’t an excuse for us to sit back on our laurels and wait for the kingdom to come. Oh No! We need to practise being in Heaven here on earth. As we heard last week, that means being an active part of God’s family. We are not lone Christians, we can achieve so much more together.