I think it’s a very human thing to wonder what Heaven will be like.
We are raised hearing phrases like, “the pearly gates” or “streets of gold” and, from time to time, somebody “dies and goes to heaven” and then they write a book about it and, in some way, we feel a little better about dying after reading stories like that.
And, let’s face it, most of us are afraid of reading Revelation. Do we take everything literally? Will there really be creatures that fit the descriptions in this book of the Bible? How soon is “soon”? But it’s the closest thing we have to answers about what life after death is like.
As Christians, we aren’t supposed to be afraid of death, because Jesus already went through it in our place. But honestly, the act of dying still sorta freaks me out, and I think most people feel the same. It’s inevitable, but we always think we have all the time in the world to deal with that part of… well, life. Will it hurt? Will it be just like a blink and then I’ll be in front of my Savior? Oh… I hope so.
In Scripture it tells us that when we all get to Heaven, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). I remember hearing a sermon once about Heaven and the Pastor, Matt Carter, read this verse. Then he put his Bible down and said, “You know, I can only imagine, but I’m certain that when I am standing in front of the Savior who took all my sin and died for me so I could be together with Him for all eternity, the King of Glory, I will cry like a baby. But then, I think, he will reach down and wipe those tears from my eyes, and I’ll never cry again.” How beautiful is that picture?
When I sit and wonder about what Heaven will be like, or if dying will hurt, I think of Revelation 21:4. I know that Heaven will be perfect and wonderful and all of the adjectives that mean good things, because I will finally be in the presence of God, forever and ever. Amen!
Written By: Christie Walker,
Cypress UMC Communications Department