This morning while getting ready for work I was thinking about how this world is with each new day becoming more hostile towards us Christians. I’m not one of those who feels optimistic about Obama becoming president of the US. From everything I have read and all that I have felt in my spirit, the rights of believers are about to be curtailed, while the rights of those who flaunt their sin will be given more freedom at our expense. That being said, we are not a people without a hope. Everything that is happening is happening for a reason and is necessary. Men and women will try to put their hope and trust in people and things but they will find that they are grasping at the wind. These things will happen that many may turn to God. There will be no security anywhere except in Christ. He is the only solid foundation and for us who believe there should be no fear as God has promised to take care of us. Matthew 6:25-34, Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5 As a matter of fact many will come to Christ because they will see that we are a people with a hope. We must be ready at all times to give our testimony to them about this hope. The reason for this hope in us. 1 Peter 3:15
“ Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD.” Jeremiah 17:7 (NKJV)
Part of our hope is in recognizing this world is not our home.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10 (NKJV)
This is only the beginning for us. Our journey started out when we recognized Christ as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and made Him Lord. He has set us apart. Our journey will be infinite. It is hard for us to grasp that thought of living forever because we live in a dimension of both time and space. God exists outside of that. He sees the end from the beginning and nothing escapes His notice.
Jesus said in 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (NKJV)
One of the common misconception is that Jesus is talking about Heaven. Heaven is a temporary place and everything that is temporary will one day pass away. Only those things which eternal will survive. He said; “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Matthew 24:35 (NKJV) Those who die before Christ returns have fallen asleep and their souls are in heaven waiting for the final trumpet to sound.
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NKJV)
Our final destination is the New Jerusalem where we will live with the Lamb of God forever. That is the home that Jesus has gone to prepare for us.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:1-2 (NKJV)
But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honour of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Revelation 21:22-27 (NKJV)
We can’t even in our wildest dreams imagine what it will be like. The bible says that for now we can only see dimly like trying to peer through frosted glass. 1 Corinthians 13:12 What awaits us there is more beautiful than any words can describe. Colours we never knew existed. We will have new bodies like Christ and everyone of our senses will be alive and experiencing feelings that will be awesome. Earth in all it’s beauty cannot compare to the beauty we will see there. We will never shed another tear. Never have to face sickness or death again. Never again have to watch a loved one battle cancer or any other disease. Never have to suffer or even feel hunger. Living in the light of the Lamb always. Always fellowshipping with the brethren and the saints that have gone before us. Always rejoicing in Christ. The joy that you feel here on earth in worshiping Jesus is miniscule compared to what it will be like then.
Hope in these promises my brothers and sisters. It is only the beginning and soon, very soon we shall see Him. Don’t be as those who have no hope and live in despair. The time left to us here on earth is but a blink of the eye and then we will awaken and all that has happened to us here on earth will be a very dim memory. You are His, a treasure He will by no means ever forget. Nothing can separate you from His love. You were bought with a price and He will see you through to the end. Trust Him. You will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony.