John 14:3, “I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”
Colossians 3:4, “When Christ who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”
A bank in Rochester, New York, had some flowers sent to a competitor who had recently moved into a new building. There was a mix-up at the flower shop, and the card sent with the arrangement read, “With our deepest sympathy.” The florist, who was greatly embarrassed, apologized. However, he was even more embarrassed when he realized that the card intended for the bank was attached to a floral arrangement sent to a funeral home in honor of a deceased person. The card read, “Congratulations on your new location!”
A response like that is appropriate for believers who have accepted Christ as Savior, because they move to a wonderful new location when they die. They go to be with Christ, and the sorrows and heartaches of this earthly existence are gone forever. Thus, the reality of heaven is one of the Bible’s most glorious truths, and one that should bring joy and hope to those who confess Christ as Savior.
Even the most knowledgeable theologian knows very little of that marvelous place that Christ has prepared for us. Even Jesus didn’t give a detailed description of life after death, but He did promise His followers an eternal home with Him. He said, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). To be honest, we must admit we don’t understand everything about heaven, but we do believe our Savior’s promise in this verse.
So, by faith in the integrity and power of the One who has spoken, we accept what we cannot fully comprehend. We live with hope and assurance of all that He has in store for us. Near the end of the Apostle Paul’s life, he said that to be with Christ is “far better” than to remain on earth (Philippians 1:23). Yes, separation is painful, but as believers in Christ, we don’t grieve as those who have no hope. Rather, we can rejoice, even with tear-filled eyes, because our loved ones have taken up a new residence in heaven.
My beloved, death ushers the believer into the presence of our Lord and Savior (2 Corinthians 5:8). Yet, many dread that final step from earth to heaven because God has told us so little of what will happen. The story of a man who was very ill said to his physician,”Doctor, I am afraid to die. What happens to a Christian in that hour of death?” The doctor, who was also a believer, softly answered, “I don’t think anyone really knows.” As he walked across the room to leave the man’s home, he wished he could say something more comforting. As he stood holding the doorknob, there came the sound of scratching and whining from the other side. When he opened the door, his faithful dog sprang into the room to greet him.
Turning to the patient, the physician said, “Did you notice that dog of mine? He had never been in your house before. He didn’t know what was inside this room – only that his master was here. When the door was opened, he sprang in without fear. As believers, we know little of what is on the other side of death, but we do know one thing – our Master and Savior Jesus Christ is there, and that is enough! When the door opens, we shall pass through with gladness, “for we shall see Him.”
Someday my earthly house will fall –
I cannot tell how soon ‘twill be;
But this I know – my All in All
Has now a place in heaven for me . – Crosby
Heaven is a prepared place for only a prepared people