All This and Heaven, too by Jerry Branch

All This and Heaven, too
Jerry Branch
John 14:1-6

In this message I want us to think about Heaven. I want us to think about eternity. We are going to be thinking about what happens to the saint of God after he comes to the end of his 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 to where it's hot all the time, like Florida."

Another little girl said, "When you die, you don't have to do homework in Heaven, unless your teacher is there also."

But you know, death and the afterlife is a subject that it always on the back burners of everyone's mind, from pre-schoolers to the oldest adult. I heard about this ninety-two year old woman in a nursing home who received a visit from her pastor and the pastor said, "How are you feeling?"

"Oh," said the lady. "I am just worried sick."

"What are you worried about, dear?" the pastor said. "You look like you are in good health. They're taking good 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 never have 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 am afraid they're all wondering where I went."

The doctrine of Heaven is a joyous, noble, inspiring, cheering doctrine. It has encouraged the martyr at the stake and sustained the bed-ridden Christian tormented by the burden, the weight, the ailments of the flesh.

The message of Heaven has charmed our childhood, heartened our maturity, and inspired our ...


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