A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN
Rev. 4:2-3 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.
Everyone says they want to go to heaven when they die but I am not so sure heaven is a place that the average person would really be interested in. Sure, no one wants to go to hell, but at the end of the day, what makes heaven, heaven. Surely it’s not the golden streets or the living forever part. There has to be more than just wealth and length of days. Actually, there is. Heaven is heaven because of love. This is not jut any old human love. This is the supernatural kind. This is the love of God in our souls. God’s love for us
will consume us and spill out of us toward Him and toward everyone else in that place called heaven. One of my favorite sermons is Jonathan Edwards “Heaven is a World of Love”. Here is a short excerpt from that message.
“Those places in which he (God) was said to dwell of old were all but types of this (heaven). Heaven is a part of the creation which God has built for this end, to be the place of his glorious presence. And it is his abode forever. Here he will dwell and gloriously manifest himself to eternity. And this renders heaven a world of love; for God is the fountain of love, as the sun is the fountain of light. And therefore the glorious presence of God in heaven fills heaven with love, as the sun placed in the midst of the hemisphere in a clear day fills the world with light. The Apostle tells us that God is love, 1 John 4:8. And therefore seeing he is an infinite Being, it follows that he is an infinite fountain of love. Seeing he is an all-sufficient Being, it follows that he is a full and overflowing and an inexhaustible fountain of love. Seeing he is an unchangeable and eternal Being, he is an unchangeable and eternal source of love. There even in heaven dwells that God from whom every stream of holy love, yea, every drop that is or ever was proceeds.”
Heaven is a place that escapes all of our descriptions. I don’t think we have human words that can describe this place called heaven. God Himself will be so overwhelming that our experience of Him and His goodness will infiltrate and saturate everything else. Everyone there will be different because of the powerful impact the immediate presence of God will have upon all of our lives. We will love everyone in this heaven because we will see Christ in everyone there. There will be no aggravating people, no contentious people, no envious people, this really will be a different kind of place. Everyone there will be drinking from this fountain of love, the effects of this fountain changes everything.