27 Snapshots of Heaven

27 Snapshots of Heaven

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Snapshots of HeavenThe world is not as it ought to be, and people are trying to fix it. Every philanthropic cause has as its motivation the desire to mend something or someone. Researchers furiously work on cures for STDs, cancer and other diseases. True community, even, comes and goes; there are few deep, long-term relationships in life.You know the world could be a better place. That's because we're created to long for a better home and community.This home is heaven, God's home of perfect community and life. The Bible describes it as a completely new earth, where we live in perfect community with God and each other. And unlike you were taught in Sunday school, heaven is NOT an unending eternity of boring church services held on the clouds.As Cru staff member, Jeff Lark, says, "Heaven or the new creation will be so much more awesome, joyous, mind-boggling, and thrilling than we can imagine. What will be indescribable is that it will go on forever and only increase in wonder, awe, worship, love, and joy."

Here are 27 snapshots of that home:

  • No night or shadows
  • No rust or decay
  • No starving children or abandoned elderly or debilitating, chronic illness
  • A city with no cemeteries or creepy funeral homes
  • No police or paramedics
  • Money without greed
  • Never needing to confess your sin
  • A world without racism and nationalism
  • Never running, hiding, or trying to cover yourself
  • All of your senses, emotions, thoughts, desires, and actions working in perfect harmony—all in worship unceasingly
  • Imagine holiness saturating a planet
  • Imagine proximity to God; unhindered intimacy that a human marriage could only dimly point to
  • Knowing people deeply
  • Shame, guilt, brokenness and fear no longer experienced, observed or even part of your vocabulary
  • Your desire for holiness matched by your experience of it
  • Never having the desire or the temptation to be self-serving or malicious
  • Conversations with Jesus
  • No fear of cancer or death
  • Never again experiencing heart ache, sorrow or disappointment
  • Never associating power with abuse
  • Pleasure without perversion
  • All the time in the world to explore the character of God, never finishing and yet never being bored
  • Having your capacity for your joy and happiness only being met and then expanded and extended as you enjoy and experience more and more of God’s wisdom and infinite boundaries of his love
  • No ulterior motives
  • Never needing to make the choice to choose between pleasing God and the one you love
  • Every thought of yours and every interaction with others point you to the grandeur and majesty and goodness of God
  • Faith disappearing because God will appear before our eyes

Heaven is not merely a great, eternal vacation destination. It is great because God is there, and we get to be satisfied in our hearts by knowing Him forever. Imagine these 27 truths about heaven, and consider, do you know where you'll go after you die?Jesus said that "this is eternal life: that [people] may know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom God sent."Jesus explains that heaven is all about experiencing an overwhelmingly satisfying relationship with God that can begin now and stretch into eternity after we die. Because of our sin, no one automatically has a relationship with God; we are separated. But God loves you, and wants an eternal relationship with you, so he sent Jesus to make things right. Jesus lived a sinless life, died a death that paid for your sins and mine and he rose again to make salvation possible. Jesus makes the way to having a relationship with God possible. Finally, by trusting in Jesus for salvation, you can have a personal, eternal relationship with God.If you're not assured that you know God and you want to be, please email our staff at JerseyMetro@cru.org. We'd love to talk with you. __________________________________The above list was reprinted with permission from coredoctrine.com. 

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