Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BILDERBACK: Pure hearts see God, His kingdom

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 6/13/2014

Jesus comforts his apostles concerning his impending death in John 14:1-3, saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 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.”

Here Jesus issues a command, a declaration and a promise. He commands the apostles to not let their hearts be troubled. Jesus declares to the apostles that He going away to prepare a place for them. He then promises He is coming back to take the apostles to be with Him. In this short passage, Jesus declares the reality of heaven.

Jesus comforts his apostles concerning his impending death in John 14:1-3, saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 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.”

Here Jesus issues a command, a declaration and a promise. He commands the apostles to not let their hearts be troubled. Jesus declares to the apostles that He going away to prepare a place for them. He then promises He is coming back to take the apostles to be with Him. In this short passage, Jesus declares the reality of heaven.

What will heaven be like? In Revelations, chapter 21, we are given a glimpse into heaven by the Apostle John, who has a vision from God, describing, “a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.” He also says he saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem.

In heaven, there will be no more tears, or death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away, he says, noting there will be no sun or moon for the glory of God gives it light and the Lamb (Jesus) is its lamp. A great street in the city will be of pure gold, he describes, and a river clear as a crystal will flow from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.

So why do we wonder what heaven will be like.

Knowing the reality of heaven and something of what it will be like we wonder what will we be like?

“Now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known,” John says. “But we know that when he (God) appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1st John 3).

True children of God will bear a family likeness both now in this life, as our hope of God guides our lives and in the next life.

Our greatest moment will be when we enter into heaven and see God as He really is. Jesus said the pure in heart shall see God. That moment will occur when we cross over from this life into the next life and our hearts are made pure and our eyes are opened to the face of God.

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