I Believe In Heaven
When I began this study this week I suspected to find multiple works devoted to heaven. I checked books, sermons on the internet, and articles. But little is said about heaven compared to other topics.
There are countless books on eschatology; and yet the goal of eschatology is heaven. Writers are not writing about heaven, preachers aren't preaching about heaven, it is no wonder people are searching for significance and satisfaction in this life. They haven't much to look forward to in the next.
Jesus was talking to his disciples just a few hours from the cross. This is the night he will go to Gethsemane and be tested there until drops of blood come from his forehead and his disciples realize they have come to an end that Jesus is going to the cross no matter what they say or do. Jesus is preparing them for the time when he will not be with them any longer.
I have expressed to you the agony and anguish and deep sorrow I felt when I took my brother back to the Memphis airport for what we both knew would be the last time. This was that kind of moment for Jesus and the disciples.
"Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me." At a time when their heart was most troubled, Jesus says to let not your heart be troubled. How could he say this? He could say it because he wasn't going away permanently. He would die, be buried, rise again, and ascend, prepare a place, and come back again to receive them unto himself.
I want us to consider heaven this morning.
1. LET US CONSIDER THE PROMISE OF HEAVEN.
"I will come again and receive you unto myself."
We are counting on that, aren't we?
1. This is a literal promise.
"Ye men of Galilee why stand ye here gazing into heaven. This same Jesus you have seen taken from you shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go." He literally went up, and he will literally come down again.
The next time he comes every eye shall ...
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