Why is Heaven going to be Exciting
INTRODUCTION: Whether or not you are a Christian, you are going to be alive somewhere forever and ever.
When the unbeliever dies and goes to Hell, he does so forever.
When the believer dies and goes to Heaven, he does so forever.
To be sure there is a HELL to SHUN and a HEAVEN to GAIN. In reading the Word of God you will discover there are THREE heavens mentioned.
The first "heaven" is the ATMOSPHERE above us. This refers to the air that we breathe, the place where the birds fly, and the place Satan is presently allowed to rule.
The second "heaven" is the UNIVERSE, or the outer space, where the sun, moon, stars, and galaxies are located. Psalm 19:1 tells us, "The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork."
The third "heaven" is the place of GOD'S ABODE. In Deuteronomy 10:14 we read, "Behold the heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord thy God…” In II Corinthians 12:1-4 the Apostle Paul called this heaven – "the third heaven."
In this series we are concentrating on the "Third Heaven" the "Heaven of Heavens" where God dwells. One of the sweetest things that God tells us about Heaven is found in Revelation 21:4,
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be No more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.”
Did you notice the words, “No MORE.” The hymn writer Jim Hill wrote:
There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eyes;
All is peace for evermore on that happy golden shore.
WHAT A DAY, GLORIOUS DAY THAT WILL BE!
There'll be no sorrow there, No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, No more pain, No more parting over there;
And forevermore, I will be with the one who died for me.
WHAT A DAY, GLORIOUS DAY THAT WILL BE!
What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see.
And I look upon His Face, the One who saved me by His grace;
When he takes me by the hand, and leads me through the promised land,
WHAT A DAY, GLORIOUS DAY THAT WILL BE!
In this message on Heaven let us focus upon FIVE reasons “Why Heaven will be Exciting.” Some of these points will be introduced here and expanded upon in future messages on Heaven.
FIRST: God is Exciting. In Psalm 16:11 we read, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” When we get to Heaven, we get to be near God. At His right hand there are pleasures that go on forever. In His presence are fullness, completeness, and absolute explosions of Joy!
Heaven is God’s place, and God is not boring. People who talk about God might be boring, but God is the source of all good things, the taste of dessert, the adrenaline rush in our veins, the pleasure of release of music, the laughter of children. God is the most exciting, creative person that we can imagine, multiplied a million times over.
If this side of creation is pleasurable, what is it going to be like when we see it from God’s side?
If life has excitement on this side of Heaven, what will it be like when we are in the presence of God who created life’s excitements?
SECOND: There will be Excitement in Heaven because those around us will be Exciting. In Hebrews 12:22-23 we read,
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,…”
As far as God is concerned, we are already seated with Christ in the heavenlies, and these are the people with whom we will spend all of eternity. It’s pretty impressive to be on this guest list, is it not?
We’re going to spend eternity with all of the justified people made perfect; those are all of the Old Testament saints.
We’re going to spend eternity with the people who are the firstborn; those are the church, the New Testament saints.
We’re going to spend eternity with the angels.
We’re going to spend eternity with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
One of the exciting things about Heaven will be the unlimited opportunity to fellowship with family and friends of a lifetime we have had upon this earth.
Think of all the family members who are or will be in heaven.
Then think of the Christian friends you have known in a lifetime. For me personally I have become acquainted in some way with at least three to four thousand or more saved people who will be in heaven, and beyond that those who have had contact with me even though I have never seen them or will see them in the flesh this side of heaven.
Another of the exciting things about Heaven will be the unlimited opportunity to fellowship with people of the various ages of history.
When we’re living together in Heaven, we can become fast friends with people we’ve only read about within the Bible or in history. People like David, Joseph, Moses, Adam, Daniel, the Apostle Paul and John the beloved.
We will able to personally thank and talk with the martyrs of the faith, those who have given us the gift of hymns and those great saints of our lifetime – Moody, Rice, Hyles, Spurgeon and others who have inspired our faith.
Heaven’s going to be such an incredible time of unlimited fellowship with people who have lived in all ages. We’re going to live together in community and be able to fellowship with one another forever and ever and ever. And as great as all of this is, it pales into insignificance when it is compared to being in the presence of Jesus Christ.
THIRD: In Heaven our Work will be Exciting: When we get to heaven, we are going to be the servants of the living God. Servants work. They have an occupation. They have a responsibility. What is God going to say to us when we get to Heaven? In Matthew 25:20-23 we read,
“And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. (21) His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (22) He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. (23) His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
Did you notice God is NOT going to say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Take the rest of eternity off.” He’s going to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into…” Enter into what? “…Enter into the joy of the Lord.” Why? “You were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.” God’s got something for us to do. Over and over, the book of Revelation repeats this thought of serving in Heaven.
Revelation 7:15, “Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.”
Revelation 19:5, “And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.”
Revelation 22:3, “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:”
Revelation 22:6, “And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.”
There is a day coming when there will be 100% employment.
Think about everything we do, every ounce of energy we expend in our work in Heaven will last forever and ever. Forever and ever it will be a blessing and encouragement to all those who see it. Our work won’t be boring; it will be exciting.
FOURTH: In Heaven our Longings will be Fulfilled. In Romans 8:22-23 we read,
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. (23) And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
What does that mean? Paul was saying that within us there is a hunger, a deep-down desire for something more.
Even though we know Jesus and He has come to fulfill the major need in our life, there's still something missing because we haven't been fully redeemed. We have not yet experienced all that God has for us. And God has put within us this longing for something more.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us God has put eternity in our hearts. God created all of us with this deep-seated hunger within us for Him and for Heaven, and it can never be fulfilled otherwise.
No matter what we try, even as believers, as much as we serve and worship the Lord, our hearts still long for something more. And it's Heaven! Until we get to Heaven, we will never be whole. When we get to Heaven, that inner ache is going to go away.
FIFTH: When we get to Heaven Worship will be Exciting. The book of Revelation makes it clear that massive gatherings of saints will celebrate in Heaven’s worship experiences. Here’s a sampling of these.
Revelation 5:11-13, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”
Revelation 14:2-3, “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”
Revelation 19:5-6, “And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”
If we enjoy choirs and orchestras here on this earth, imagine what it will be like when we hear the celestial choirs, accompanied by heavenly orchestras, lifting praise to Almighty God around the throne! And we will be a part of that in Heaven.
Worship is really “worth-ship” ascribing to Jesus what is His by virtue of His nature. Corporate worship is necessary. We need the church! And we need each other. There is no such thing as individual Christianity. The word “saints” is always plural in the Bible. Heaven will be a grand crescendo of worship throughout eternity.
It is through worship that our spirits are lifted up into the heavenlies. It is through worship that we are made to see God as John saw Him. As we rehearse here on earth for the grand worship in Heaven, keep these things in mind:
Worship is not about us – it's about Him! Worship is to be offered up to the Lord from our heart, soul, and mind, knowing that the object of our worship is on the throne that we'll see when we look through the door in Heaven. Worship gets us in tune with God.
Worship is not about here; it's about there! One of the main purposes of worship is to get our minds off the things of this earth and onto the things in Heaven. And only as we're able to do that can we ever hope to function with integrity in our lives. When we see Heaven, earth starts to make more sense.
Worship is not about now; it's about then! Worship is the avenue that leads us from the emptiness of this world to the fullness of the next world. When we fail to worship, we confine ourselves to the despair of this life.
The coming of Christ and the doctrine of Heaven provide some of the strongest motivation for living the Christian life that you will ever find.
What you believe about the future determines how you live today. And the more you move yourself away from what God has planned for you in the future, the more apt you are to become a person who just sort of drifts through life.
You see, when you know where you're going, it makes all the difference in the world how you live.
If you keep reminding yourself that one day you're going to spend eternity with a holy God – and the only way you're going to get rewards in Paradise is through the service you render here – then living for Heaven makes all the difference in the world. What we think about heaven determines how we live today.
The future is like an anchor that has been cast ahead of us and it is pulling us into the future. In Colossians 3:1-4 we read,
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
We must be different people because of our exposure to God's Word. We are not like everyone around us; we are not like the world in which we live. We're God's people! We're different! And because of our belief in Heaven, and the Second Coming, there are at least FIVE things that Christians need to take seriously:
Number 1: Our purity is important. When we read about the future, it always has an impact on the present. Because Jesus is coming back, we ought to be motivated to live in a more godly way. In I John 3:2-3 we read,
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (3) And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
Number 2: His promises are rock-solid truth. Jesus is coming back.
I Thessalonians 1:10 says we're to eagerly wait for the Savior.
Titus 2:13 says we're to look for His coming.
Hebrews 9:8 says we're to eagerly wait for His coming. Paul put it this way toward the end of his life in II Timothy 4:7-8, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Number 3: Our purpose is clear. In light of the fact that Jesus is coming back, be diligent about your purpose. Make sure you get up every day and think in a Christian manner. I Peter 1:13 tells us to "Gird up the loins of your mind" around the thing God has called you to do and say, " This is what I'm all about." God has called you to do some things. And you know what? In order to say yes to some things, you've got to say no to some others.
Number 4: We must be steadfast to our profession of faith. We cannot lose our salvation, but we can lose our strength in Him. II Peter 3:17 tells us,
"Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.”
When we're steadfast, we know what we believe, we know why we believe it, and nothing can sway us from it. We're not just surface Christians; the roots go down deep into our hearts.
Number 5: Our progress must continue. In light of the fact that Jesus is coming back, we must as II Peter 3:18 tells us, "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" For healthy physical growth, we've got to do things like eating right, exercising, and staying away from contaminants. Growing spiritually has a lot of the same principles, such as feeding on the Word, serving the Lord, and avoiding sin.
Again in I Corinthians 2:9-10 we read, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit." Heaven is going to be Exciting! Amen and Amen!
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound
and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.
If God has spoken to your heart after reading the sermon "Why is Heaven going to be Exciting?” right now talk to God about what He has spoken to you.
Do you have the assurance that one day you will go to heaven? If you have no assurance that you know Jesus Christ, then I trust you will decide to accept Him as your personal Savior. The Bible tells us in
Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This prayer is here for those who need to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior: “I do want to go to Heaven. I know I am a sinner, and I do believe Jesus Christ died for me. I realize I cannot buy this great salvation, nor can I earn it. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and arose from the grave to pay my sin debt and to purchase my salvation, I do now trust Him as my Savior, and from this moment on I am completely depending on Him for my salvation.”
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