A friend from church phoned the other day and asked me: “What are you looking forward to most about heaven?” My only response was being with Jesus and being pain-free. Nothing else, so I searched for Bible-verses about heaven and here are some that stood out.
Firstly, Deuteronomy 3:24: “For what God is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?” Don’t we need God’s power, especially now? Nehemiah 9:6 talks about how God preserves all that He created – heaven, earth, the sea and everything in them. God’s right hand stretched out the heavens, we’re told, and a few chapters later Isaiah adds: “Where is the fury of the oppressor?” At this turbulent time, Coronavirus and its ramifications could consume us, but “Where is the fury of the oppressor” reminds me that God is so much bigger. A verse in Jeremiah was turned into this old song, which is first on my Hymns playlist: God has made the heavens and the earth by His great power, and nothing is too difficult for Him.
We could spend a long time reflecting on the God of heaven and His brilliance. Heaven itself is also glorious (Isaiah 63:15), and there’s so much in store for the people of God. Jesus taught us to pray to our Father, “Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory”. Well, go back a few pages to the book of Daniel and you’ll find this verse: “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High” (Daniel 7:27). The kingdom, the power and the greatness are God’s, and He’s chosen to give them to us! We’ve been given the privilege of knowing the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 13:11). Jesus talks about the life to come when people will neither marry nor be given in marriage, but will be like the angels of God (Matthew 22:30). The book of Hebrews says angels are spirits who serve (Hebrews 1:14), so when we get to heaven, we can look forward to serving God in everything we do. Hopefully we already do that now, in this life.
The old heaven and earth will pass away, making way for a new heaven and a new earth, in which the old won’t even be remembered (Isaiah 65:17). There can be no more tears because all the pain of this life will be far from our minds forever.
We needn’t have any insecurity. We can rely on the Lord, as Paul did, to preserve us for His heavenly kingdom (2 Timothy 4:18). As part of the church of Jesus, my name is registered in heaven (Luke 10:20; Hebrews 12:23). I have an incorruptible inheritance waiting for me there (1 Peter 1:4) and most importantly, God Himself will be with me (Revelation 21:3).
When someone asks what excites you most about heaven, those are a few pointers, but remember 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him”.