JESUS BRINGS US TO HEAVEN
- Jesus told the world he is the only way to God and those who believe will live
- Jesus promised his followers that he would come to bring them to heaven
- Heaven will be the perfect place – no pain or death – just joy with God
“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and new earth, the home of righteousness.”(2 Peter 3:13)
When Jesus told his disciples that he would be leaving this earth to go to heaven, they were feeling a bit lost. But he affirmed that he would still be with them, and that greater things are coming. “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” he said. “Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you…and will come back and take you to be with me that you may be where I am.” His followers asked, “Lord, how can we know the way to where you are going?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In the book of Revelation, which is at the end of the Bible, Jesus gave to John a vision of what heaven will be like. John saw a Lamb, looking as if had been slain, standing in the center of the throne. He heard the voices of thousands upon thousands of angels singing, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.” He describes a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb (Jesus). “They are the ones who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Never again will they hunger or thirst or feel the scorching heat for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd and lead them to springs of living water.
God himself will be with them and be their God and will wipe away 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. He will make everything new, and those who overcome by faith will inherit all of this. He describes it to be beautiful like a city built with precious jewels and streets paved with pure gold. Nothing impure will ever enter it. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and they will see the face of God. It is all yours by faith in what Jesus did for you – to be experienced immediately at your death or after he comes again at the end of the world (whichever comes first).
Jesus says, “I am coming soon” and sends out his invitation “Come! Whoever is thirsty, let him come take the free gift of the water of life.” “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”