… I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
— Psalm 23:6
Stephen Hawking, an English theoretical physicist and renowned atheist, has stated it’s time for the human race to look for another place to live. He claims that overpopulation, disease and climate change will make Earth uninhabitable within the next 100 years.
While there is no doubt that planet Earth and those who inhabit it are in a destructive spiral, the wonderful good news is that there is another place being prepared for the human race. And it’s not the planet Mars, as Dr. Hawking suggests. It’s the place Jesus called My Father’s House — Heaven.1 It’s a place where there will be no overpopulation because it’s large enough to house every person who has ever lived, even though by choice not everyone will be there.2 There will be no disease or death or pain or crying or mourning or suffering of any kind.3 As for climate change, our Father’s House will be located in a new heaven and a new earth where the climate will be perfectly controlled.4
I’ve been thinking of Heaven more and more. In the last four months I have delivered the key message at two funerals and attended two others. Since my husband moved to our Father’s House almost two years ago, funerals are harder and more personal than they were before. But the way I have been able to get through these heart-rending moments with joy has been to keep my focus on what lies ahead. Truly, the best is yet to come.
In the Old Testament, when one of God’s people died, it is stated that he was “gathered to his people.”5 When a child of God dies, not only will we see Jesus, but we will be surrounded by our loved ones who have gone before. I have a welcoming committee already gathering that includes a baby boy, my husband, his brothers and his parents, my mother and my grandparents, and an endless list of friends.
Perhaps the best news of all is that you don’t need a multi-million dollar ticket or a rocket ship or a space station in order to secure a place in our Father’s House. It has already been secured for you by God’s Son. All you need to do is to place your total trust in Him. It’s that simple. It’s that easy. It’s that humbling. You can do nothing to deserve it or to earn it. It costs you nothing because it cost Him everything. Our Father’s House has been fully paid for—it’s the rightful inheritance of anyone who is born again into God’s family.6
So please! Make sure you have put your trust in Jesus, then look ahead with confident joy! One day, you’re going Home!
For the glory of His Name…
1 John 14:2-3
2 John 14:2; Revelation 21:15-16
3 Revelation 21:4
4 Revelation 21:1, 5; 22:1-2
5 Genesis 25:8; 35:29; 49:29, 33; etc.
6 Revelation 21:7; John 3:3
I recently attended the Celebration of Life for Charles George, husband of my executive assistant, Helen. They had been married for 66 years when after a brief illness he moved to our Father’s House on May 11th. For those of us who loved this dear, encouraging man, it’s difficult to imagine life without him. Our comfort is that Jesus said His followers would not see death (John 8:51). In other words, Charles’ death did not interrupt his eternal life.
So Helen and I are comforted as we think of all that Charles and my husband, Danny, are enjoying! In my revised edition of Heaven: My Father’s House, and with reflections from my own father’s charming mountain home in Western North Carolina, I take us through the apostle John’s thrilling glimpse of our Heavenly Home as he recorded it in Revelation 21. I pray that this book will help to take away the sting of death, the fear of the grave, and fill you instead with hope for the future.
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