Session 16: Now What?
We’ve now come to the end of the series; the end of this journey is merely the beginning of another one that doesn’t end until Jesus comes again to take us home. The series has attempted to paint the picture that “God is Love”, and has covered several key doctrinal areas including Scripture, Jesus, Salvation, Second Coming, Hell, Judgment (and briefly, the Sanctuary), Good vs. Evil (otherwise known as the Great Controversy), the work of the Holy Spirit, the Sabbath (as the ultimate connection to God), Commitment (through baptism), the Church (and how we’re to do it together), Family and finally Spiritual Gifts (and how God can and will use anyone for His cause). This presentation brings the entire series to an inevitable, even simple, yet incredibly climatic ending which culminates with our ultimate goal and purpose – to go home to spend eternity with our Lord and Saviour.
1. “No eye hath seen, nor ear heard…”
- God has promised us life abundantly (John 10:10), but more importantly He’s promised that the will of God is that we will be raised up in the last day (John 6:40) because He’ll be coming to take us to a home that He’s prepared for us (John 14:1-3)
- However, God has also said that there’s no way we can imagine what He has in store for us (1 Corinthians 2:9), though we can safely say that it’s not sitting on a cloud and playing a harp forever!
- Just like a jungle tribesman who’s never sat in a car, flew in a plane or rode a lift to go up a skyscraper before, we will never be able to adequately comprehend or describe what heaven is like.
- In fact, we can’t even comprehend some of the majesty of things here on earth, let alone heaven!
2. The New Jerusalem
- The New City is an incredible spectacle, with high walls and gates made of the most incredible materials (Revelation 21:10-18). It’s majestic and incredibly large (2414kms length, breadth and width!); one writer surmises that even if all 106.5 billion people whoever lived (that number is of course exaggerated) were to make to heaven (they probably won’t), we would each have enough room that’s 1,500 feet on each side, or 2.25 million square feet on each level and around 150 stories tall (http://soulliberty.com/the-immensity-of-the-new-jerusalem/)
- And yet, the most incredible thing about the New Jerusalem is not the physicality of it all, but rather the fact that there will be complete restoration (Acts 3:20-21) to what it all once was.
- God will wipe away every tear from every eye, and there will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).
- He will also wipe away all traces of sin (Revelation 21:1, Micah 7:19); He has forgiven our sins and will remember them no more (Isaiah 43:25, Hebrews 8:12). We will thus be able to come face to face with Him once again!
- Our time as strangers and pilgrims will be over, and we will finally be home! (Hebrews 11:13)
- We will not be sick (Isaiah 33:24), and all our infirmities including those who were once blind, deaf, lame and mute will be restored (Isaiah 35:5-6). We will be given new bodies that are incorruptible and immortal (1 Corinthians 51:51-54); we will even enjoy work! (Isaiah 65:21-22)
- Ultimately, it will be a time of everlasting joy (Isaiah 35:10).
- I personally imagine that we’ll be able to fly, like Jesus did when He ascended to heaven in Acts 1. I also think we’ll have super speed, like how Elijah was able to outrun Ahab’s chariot in 1 Kings 18. Perhaps we’ll be able to walk on water, like Peter did in Matthew 14, and my favourite – to be able to, like Phillip in Acts 8, “teleport” instantaneously from one place to another.
- No matter how wild our imagination gets, it still will NOT compare to what God has in store for us!
The question is “now what?” The answer is simple – we continue on this journey in getting to know God; a God who is faithful to us in spite of how little and miniscule and insignificant we are. It’s a journey that we’ll continue to take until life ends for us on this earth, or until Jesus comes again. It’s a journey through that will get more and more exciting as we continue to learn from these Ancient Words for a Modern World. Words that have been written in the past but are changing lives in the present and gives hope for eternity.