How to Get There
My subject is
"Heaven : What Sort of a Place it is, and How to Get There." I am going
to tell you what God plainly teaches about it in His Word. True thoughts
of the life that is to come, clothe the life that now is, with new
beauty and strength. Let us then think awhile about Heaven.
PERFECTION OF BEAUTY
It is a place
of incomparable external, as well as internal beauty. This appears from
such descriptions as we have in the 21st and 22nd chapters of the last
book in the Bible. The God of the Bible is a God of beauty. There will
be in Heaven the perfection of beauty. Perfection of form, colour,
sound, and odour. The beauty that is to be is necessarily indescribable.
But the beauty
of Heaven, as good and attractive as it is, will be its least important
characteristic. Heaven will be a place of high, holy, and ennobling
companionships. The best and wisest and noblest men of all ages will be
there. All the purest, noblest, most unselfish the world has known.
The joys we
find in the companionship of noble, unselfish thoughtful people here, in
the dearest companionships we know, give but the faintest conception of
the joys of Heavenís companionships.
Jesus Christ is
there. (Acts 7 : 56, "And said, Behold, I see the Heavens opened, and
the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God." Heb. 4: 14, "Seeing
then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the Heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession;" 8 : 1, "Now of
the things which we have spoken this is the sum : We have such an high
priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the
Heavens"). To Paul this was one of the most attractive thoughts about
God Himself is
there too. In a sense He is everywhere, but Heaven is the place of His
peculiar presence and manifestation of Himself. (II Chron. 6 : 30, "Then
hear thou from Heaven thy dwelling-place;" Matt. 6: 10, "Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven"). We shall hold
communion with Him.
A PLACE OF
Heaven will be
a place of glad reunions. "Then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up in the clouds, together with "those who have left us, to meet
the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4 :
17). The bereaved wife shall meet again the husband she has missed so
long; the son shall meet again the mother whose departure left his life
There we shall
meet again children who were removed from us in all the beauty of their
early life, and whom we have never forgotten through all the months and
years that have passed since. Ah! what glad days those coming days will
be when we meet again never more to part.
There will be
no death in Heaven. No breaking hearts as we look for the last time into
the faces of loved ones as cheeks grow ashen, as eyes glaze. No watching
the undertaker as he screws down the coffin lid on the one we loved, no
black dresses and veils, no funerals passing through the streets, no
standing by a yawning grave and watching a coffin lowered into it, no
listening to the cold clods as they fall remorselessly on the box that
contains the form of the one we love so much and whose departure leaves
life so cheerless. Thank God there is no death in Heaven.
ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN
Are we all on
the way? I fear there are those who hope to be there, but they have not
started. When are you going to make a start? You must make a start if
you are ever to see the loved ones who have gone before. Remember, there
is only one way there, and that is the narrow way.
Jesus is the
way, and no man can come to the Father but by HIM. If you reject Him you
shut the door to heaven on yourself. Heaven is a prepared place, and you
must be prepared for heaven by repenting of your sin and putting your
faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
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