Discover the Book - July 19, 2013

 

The Best Part of Heaven

"I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

-John 14:3, emphasis added

Although I can't wait to see the gates made of pearl, the precious stones of heaven, and the city's numerous other glories, that is not what I am looking forward to most. I can't wait to see Christ face to face! Jesus is the best part of heaven!

The Seven Perfections of Jesus: The subject of heaven is often spoken of as "the sweet by and by," and images of harps, clouds, angel wings, and a seemingly ethereal world of misty spirit form in the mind. But, in reality, heaven is a glorious place of wonder and beauty. Of all its indescribable beauties and unending glories, there is, above all else, Jesus, who is the most beautiful aspect of heaven. And there are seven wonderful facets of the love of Jesus for all the saints, His bride.

Facet 1-Jesus will be with us: "God Himself will be with them and be their God" (Revelation 21:3, NAS). First, there will be the unbroken presence of Emmanuel, "God with us." Secondly, there will be the fulfillment of all that He has promised. The Bible contains all the promises of God, but one day we will get to experience the Person behind the promises.

Facet 2-Jesus will comfort us: "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying . . . nor pain" (Revelation 21:4. NAS). Even though we know Jesus and His promises are with us, this present life is hard. However, the sadness of current disappointments will end with the security of divine appointment; the dread of death will end with the Lord of Life; the frailties of the flesh will end when entering our heavenly habitation. The future, like the past, is kept securely by Him with whom our anchor is cast.

Facet 3-Jesus will refresh us: "I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts" (Revelation 21:6, NAS). A life of dryness will be gone; the refreshing Spring of Life will be ever with us. Although He can comfort and be with us in this present life, heaven is the ultimate comfort: "He who believes in Me, . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38). This is an endless supply, for He within us shall be that Fountain.

Facet 4-Jesus will captivate us: "I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb are its temple" (21:22, NAS). This is the culmination of all the types from which they were fashioned: the True One showing facets of His image by His holiness, His character, and His redemption. We are to not make images of Him, but we are to see Him through the types of the tabernacle and the temple. Which satisfies you most-the picture or the Person? The figures have been there for time, but the fullness will be for all eternity. Worship will be unbounded by location or proximity; it will be unending and all-present because our worship will be focused on Him as He captivates us.

Facet 5-Jesus will keep us secure: "And nothing unclean . . . shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life" (21:27, NAS). The wonder of heaven is that He will keep us secure, just as He has here on earth. There will now be an exclusion of all evil forever. At last, our freedom will be completed! At Calvary, we were freed from both the penalty and power of sin; at the Celestial City, we will forever be removed from the presence of sin. All the washed ones, those washed in the Lamb's blood and written in the Lamb's Book of Life, will be welcomed there.

Facet 6-Jesus will lead us: "The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bondservants shall serve Him" (22:3, NAS). He is the Master; we are the servants who will follow Him. The return of Christ's rule as King of the kingdom will be unhindered-and He wants complete dedication, not mere compliments. He never simply said, "Accept Me!" Rather, He declared: "Leave all and follow Me, or you can't be My disciple." Jesus wants glad and unhindered service forever. After the complete destruction of the curse's doom, we will no longer struggle with the weeds of sin so that we can fully follow the Lamb's wishes.

Facet 7-Jesus will light us: "There shall be no night there: . . . for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever" (Revelation 22:5, NAS). The Source of light in the new heaven will be the Savior, the Lamb, who is the Light. And in that glow we shall walk in unbroken communion. The denial of dark deeds will be consigned to the blackness of darkness forever, but we shall rule by submission to Him forever. The despair of darkness will be ended; there will be no more unfinished plans, for He is the completion of all. This is the fulfillment of Christ's First Coming: "The Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace" (Luke 1:78-79).

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