Friday, March 11, 2011

Echoes of heaven

The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:19-22)

Are you looking forward to heaven? What is your view of heaven? Where did you get that view of heaven? Do you ever dream about what it will be like? Do you ever stop to ponder what life will be like in "heaven?" Does that thought scare you or bore you? If so, you have an incomplete view of heaven.

In one word, heaven is all about renewal. And in that word, we can declare a few facts revealed to us in Scripture.

1) Our bodies will be renewed - not re-made, not thrown out, but renewed...perfected.
2) The earth and all of creation will be renewed, as the curse will be lifted.
3) We will reign and rule over the renewed earth, like God's original plan.

Is it by accident that the first two chapters in the Bible (Genesis 1-2) show us Creation, and the last two chapters (Revelation 21-22), are all about Renewing that creation?

There is no chance that in one short blog post I can possibly capture heaven for you. But if you are one of the many Christians who aren't really looking forward to heaven, then you have been duped. Heaven will be paradise...Eden. And earth is a foreshadow of heaven.

What is the most amazing thing you've experienced, or seen on earth? I saw a sunset up here in Bellingham a couple of years ago that I swear had colors in it that I'd never seen before. It stretched from horizon, to horizon. It was the most magnificent sunset I have every witnessed...deep blues, oranges, reds, purples, it had it all. It was awe-inspiring...and it is a foreshadow of heaven.

I've included a small handful of pictures that I have had the pleasure to witness...but these pale in comparison to what we will see in heaven. A renewed earth...curse bodies for us...

The next time you see a jaw-dropping sunset, you have just experienced a small taste of what heaven will offer.

If you want to explore more of what heaven will be like, I'd encourage you to first go to Scripture with fresh eyes, and second, I recommend the book Heaven, by Randy Alcorn, which will point you to what the Bible says about the paradise that awaits us.

1 comment:

Julie W said...

I like the slideshow of creation worshipping God. It makes my heart sing :)