Our Heavenly Home
J. Gerald Harris
Tonight we're going to be thinking about heaven. We're going to be thinking about eternity. We're going to be thinking about what happens to the saint of God after he comes to the end of this earthly life.
Some nine-year-old children in Sunday School were asked what they thought of death and dying. One little boy said, "When you die they bury you in the ground and your soul goes to heaven, but your body can't go to heaven because it's too crowded up there already."
A little girl said, "Only the good people go to heaven. The other people go where it's hot all the time like in Florida."
Another little girl said, "When you die you don't have to do homework in heaven unless your teacher is there too."
But you know, death and the afterlife is a subject that's always on the back burners of everyone's mind, from preschoolers to the oldest adult. I heard about this 92-year-old woman in a nursing home who received a visit from her pastor. And the pastor said, "How are you feeling?"
"O," said the lady, "I'm just worried sick."
"What are you worried about, dear?" the pastor said. "You look like you're in good health. They're taking care of you, aren't they?"
"Yes, they're taking good care of me."
"Are you in any pain?" the pastor asked sympathetically.
"No. I have never had a pain in my life."
The pastor said, "Well, what are you worried about?"
The dear old lady leaned back in her chair and slowly explained her major worry. She said, "Every close friend I ever had has already died and gone on to heaven. And I'm afraid they're all wondering where I went."
Well, tonight I'm going to preach on the subject of heaven. But I want you to know it's not easy. It's a hard subject to preach on, because the glories of heaven are impossible to describe.
Do you remember when Paul was taken up into paradise, into the third heaven, the heaven of heavens where God dwells? He tries to describe the exp ...
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