WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”
John 14:2 (ESV)
HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE
An elderly couple passed away and found themselves at the pearly gates. Peter was there to welcome them. First he showed them their mansion. The man overwhelmed by the sheer luxury of it all. Being accustomed to business on earth he asked, “How much does this place cost per night?” Peter replied, “Sir, this is Heaven, it doesn’t cost anything.” Then Peter took them to the dining room where table upon table was piled high with the most delicious foods you could imagine. Again overwhelmed by the glory of it all the man asked, “How much for the meals?” Peter said, “You forget, this is Heaven, it’s free.” Peter then took them out back where they saw a fantastically beautiful golf course. As the man stood there open-mouthed Peter said, “Now before you ask, there are no fees, this is Heaven, everything is free.” The man looked at his wife; “You and your confounded bran muffins. If it wasn’t for them I could have been here 10 years ago!”
As Jesus was encouraging the hearts of His followers, He described heaven as a real place. It is a place that He is preparing for us. Jesus also anticipated the doubts and asked them, “If heaven isn’t real why would I tell you I’m going to prepare a place for you?”
Jesus taught that heaven was real and that hell was real. The reason Jesus came to earth was to make it possible for us to spend eternity in a real heaven and to escape a real hell. If there is no heaven and there is no hell there was no point in Jesus’ time on earth.
How should believing in a real heaven affect our daily choices? How should believing in a real heaven affect the relationships we have with people around us?