Focus: The legacy of everlasting life
John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
When my dad passed away, we had one daughter who turned two years old just six days after he went to heaven. Stephanie was very close to her Papa, and missed him a lot when he was gone. We had told her that Papa went to heaven, so heaven was a place she wanted to know more about. It was through Stephanie asking day after day, at her naptime and bedtime, if we could talk about heaven—that the following story unfolded based on the story from the Book of Revelation in the Bible..
“Not everybody gets to go to heaven. God decides who gets to go to heaven and when they get to go.
When we do things we know are naughty…that is sin. People who don’t believe that God’s Son, Jesus died for our sins and that He lives again, will have to go to hell instead of heaven. Hell is a terrible place where nobody would really want to go.
If we believe that God’s Son, Jesus died for our sins…and that He lives again…then our name will be written in the Lamb’s book of life. And when God decides it’s the right time…we will get to go to heaven.
Some people get to go to heaven when they are little—and some people have to wait until they are bigger.
Someday, we will close our eyes…and when we open them…we will be in heaven. We might not even know how we got there, but we will be there.
We will see great big pearly gates and streets of pure gold with no holes and no bumps and no dirt…just clean shiny roads. Inside the pearly gates we will see the Holy City, New Jerusalem, built on twelve layers of pretty colored stones…bright green, dark blue, orange, dark green, brown and white, red, gold, light green, yellow green, bright blue, and purple.
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In the middle of the Holy City we will see God’s great, white throne—and right next to Him is Jesus, the Lamb of God.
All around the throne is an emerald green rainbow and twenty four elders with crowns of gold on their heads. All of the elders are dressed in white and they sit on smaller thrones. On all four sides of God’s throne are four other living beings that are covered with eyes.
One of the beings is like a lion, the second like an ox. The third has a face like a man and the fourth is like an eagle with its wings spread out. Each of the beings has six wings. And their wings have eyes in them, too. These beings never stop saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And when those four beings give glory and honor and thanks to God, the twenty four elders bow down before the throne of God and worship Him, too. They take off their crowns and place them before God’s throne saying, “You are worthy, Oh Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You have made all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were made.”
Out of God’s throne flows a pure river filled with water of life, clear as crystal. Down the middle of the biggest street, and on either side of the river are big beautiful trees of life with twelve kinds of fruit. The trees have new fruit every month. And the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations.
There won’t be anything bad in the Holy City and we won’t need any lights or the sun. The glory of God will lighten the Holy City and Jesus, the Lamb of God, will be the light. There won’t be any night. The gates of the Holy City will never be closed, but only the people whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life can go in.
There won’t be any more death, crying, or tears. No more owies or being sick. No more bad times…only good times, and God will make all things new.
We will get to be with lots of people we love…we will live forever…and never have to say good-bye again.”
Declaration: I will find new strength by remembering the beautiful description of Heaven given in the book of Revelation. By sharing the details of that wonderful place and the future that awaits us in heaven, I will pass on the legacy…
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