I see glimpses of Heaven when I first walk through the doors. Greeters give us a hug and a bulletin with family news, things to look forward to and a list of those who need prayers.
By faith I look forward to walking through The Gate to be greeted by the one who was the Good News to mankind and see the end result of the prayers of the saints.
I saw another glimpse of Heaven as I sat in class. We were all students at Christ’s feet, hearing more teachings on Jesus and eternity, being challenged to bring Heaven down to earth a bit more as Christ prayed.
By faith I look forward to sitting at Christ’s feet, not because I deserve it or have received all A’s on my tests. In fact, I am sorry that I failed some tests even while believing I was passing. How merciful God has been to offer Christ in my place.
I saw another glimpse of Heaven as I ran into a dear sister. Though her smile said “I am glad to be here,” her gentle tears reminded me of the hell she’s going through on earth. But she comes anyway trusting that God is using her life to his ultimate glory. She comes for the fellowship of the saints where she finds the arms of Christ wrapping her tight. She comes to praise and worship him.
By faith one day the hurting will be whole. That is, the obviously hurting and the quietly hurting. Because of Christ’s wounds, we will all be healed.
I saw anther glimpse of Heaven around the table. A giant of a man, strong in voice and body declaring his love and gratitude for Christ whose strength he falls on. When the man sat down on the front row, the preacher scooted over to give the gentle giant a kindly hug.
By faith we will live under the new heavens and on the new earth. God’s work of Creation through Christ will be complete, and we get to live in perfect fellowship with Christ and the saints forever.
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. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. – The Revelation of Jesus Christ to the apostle John, Chapter 21, Verses 1-7.
We will wonder no more.