He must be having a wonderful time in Heaven. Sitting at the feet of God. And basking in His Glory. And the conversations he must be having. I would love to be there to see his face and hear him speaking to all the prophets and saints. And just to see the joy he has every time he is standing next to Jesus.
I remember when I was really little. I used to get really excited when I heard the the church bells ring in the evening. I knew that my Dad would be walking up the alley soon. I would prepare to run and greet him. I can't help but remember the smell of the news paper (that all the kids in the neighborhood would fight to carry for him) and the sweat from his cheek as he bent down to hug me. I wonder if Dad feels this way as he sees the face of God.
Last night my Mom, Christian and I were sitting in the living room. Kathleen Ann came home from the mall and had a Forever 21 bag with her. We told my Mom that this was a Christian store. Christian showed her the bottom of the bag. John 3:16! And then he said they call it Forever 21 because Revelations 21 is all about Heaven. He then said, "I made that up."
So, here I am today. Sitting down with my cup of coffee and getting ready to have time with God. And I decided to read Revelation 21. The New Jerusalem. Christian has more wisdom than he knows!
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. ”He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick. The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass. I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
What an amazing picture! I praise God for allowing me to hear my Dad's laughter and see his fabulous smile. My heart is joyful. I know that he is sitting with his Heavenly Father and he too has a heart full of joy. God's promises are FOREVER!! And He promises that there will be no more suffering, no tears, no mourning, and no death. The order will be restored! I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for the rest of my days here on earth. And I am looking forward to the New Jerusalem.
My kids are going to love this.......I am now Forever 21. I have been 18 long enough.