Luke 23:43 (ESV)
And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
When was the last time you stopped the business of life for a moment to think about God’s promise of heaven? Consider some thoughts from believers who have done just that . . .
The Reverend Billy Graham said, “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”
Evangelist D. L. Moody said, “Some day you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of East Northfield is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal—a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint: a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.”
What does God Himself say about it?
Heaven is a place where there will be no hunger, no pain, no sickness, no sadness, no reason to fear (Revelation 21:3–4).
It’s our true home, where beloved people to whom we have said goodbye will be ready to welcome us (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18).
God’s heaven is an eternal kingdom where we will experience infinite peace and joy, and where nothing will stand between us and our Savior (John 14:3).
Near the end of His life, as the heartbreak of the cross grew near, Jesus comforted His disciples with a hint of heaven: “Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you” (John 14:1–3). Could the disciples have received any better news than that?
And it’s great news for us too. The trouble and pain we know in this world won’t last forever. What will last forever is the future joyful home with our Savior who loves us.
Jesus has gone to get our rooms ready, and He is returning soon.
Dear Jesus, we thank You for going to prepare a place for us. Give us the heart to reach out to those around us so that they may join us there with You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.