Revelation 22:1-5 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”
What a wonderful view of Heaven! In the book of Revelations 21:4 John writes “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Can you imagine a world with no tears, death or any of the painful drama we experience? If this view of Heaven is beyond your reach, know that it is guaranteed when you come to know Christ. The bible teaches in John 14:6 that “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Without Jesus the possibility of Heavenly dwelling is impossible.
Of course Heaven is a wonderful place and if you ask most people if they would like to go to Heaven, the answer would be yes. Usually the alternative of Hell is the motivating factor for desiring permanent residence in Heaven.
Even though the alternative of Hell is a good reason to choose Heaven, Hell must not be the sole or motivating factor. We must desire Heaven because Christ paid for our Heavenly residence with his blood and life by submitting to the cross. Romans 5:6-8 sums up the price Christ paid for our eternal home in Heaven:
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
There is a place reserved especially for you in Heaven that no one can fill but you. Make a choice today that you desire permanent residence with Christ because He died for your sins. Make that choice because while you were still powerless Christ died for you.
That choice can start by believing that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth to redeem humanity to God. That He died on the cross and rose on the third day. And as we repent of our sins and confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, we are saved (Romans 10:9).
Because of your good confession you can now be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Please find a good Bible based church that will help you grow in your new-found relationship with Christ as you strive for Heavenly dwellings.
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