We began a new teaching series a few weeks ago titled, “Heaven, A Real Place for Real People,” and we continue the study this week with Ryan Powell as our speaker using Revelation 21 as his text.
Revelation 21 and 22 explains the “all things new” phrase found in Revelation 21:5-6. The Lord is true to His promise and, in His time, He will make ALL things new.
There is something special about getting something new. For proof, just watch a child opening their birthday or Christmas gifts. Buying that new tech gadget, or car, outfit to wear, is always fun for us.
The Bible tells us that the day is coming when everything will be new - just like the way God started in Genesis 1 and 2. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, but now He creates new heavens and earth. Way back then the sun was created, but in the end there is no need of the sun, or night, or seas. In fact, the curse of Genesis 3 is removed forever in Revelation 22:3. Man was originally driven out of the perfect place (Garden of Eden), but we will be restored to Paradise. (Revelation 22:14) Everything will be new! What a day that will be!
John is once again overwhelmed as he realizes all that the Lord is doing. Warren Wiersbe says it best, “As we seek to serve the Lord here on earth, we are constantly handicapped by sin and weakness; but all hinderances will be gone when we get to glory.”
I imagine that we, too, will be overwhelmed. Paul, when writing to the Church at Corinth said, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 - KJV) We cannot even begin to imagine all that the Lord has for us when we arrive in Heaven.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we learn together from Pastor Ryan Powell.
You are greatly loved!
We began a new teaching series a few weeks ago titled, “Heaven, A Real Place for Real People,” and we continue the study this week once again with Luke 16:19-31 as the key text.
Last week we looked at Lazarus, the poor, ulcerated beggar, who lay at the rich man’s mansion every day. When he died, as all men do, he went immediately to Heaven. The other character in the story, the rich man, who had everything a person could want, also died and went to Hell.
This story describes more of what the rich man was experiencing in Hell than what Lazarus was enjoying in Heaven. Is there a reason Jesus spoke so forcefully regarding Hell? This may be the longest and sharpest dissertation Jesus shared about Hell.
The “moral of the story in Luke 16” is that there is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun. Life is short, at its longest point, but nothing compared to eternity that will be never ending.
Mark Twain made the ridiculous statement, “I will choose Heaven for the climate, and Hell for its company.” Even if that could happen, it would still be foolish. After reading Luke 16, why would anyone want to go to Hell? The rich man was there for a few seconds and he wanted to leave. When he knew that could not happen, he wanted his brothers warned so they would not end up in this horrible place.
My question to you? Is there any possibility that Hell is in your future or the future of a loved one or friend? If so, do something about it now while there is still time. The Lord created Heaven for His followers and Hell for the devil and his angels. Make sure you choose the right eternal ending.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we learn together.
You are greatly loved!
If I were planning a trip to a new world-wide destination - some place I have never been before - I would do as much research as possible because I would want to know the best places to stay and eat. I would want to know how to get from one place to another and what is the best mode of transportation. It would be essential to know the currency? The language. Many questions would need an answer as I planned this special trip.