Saturday Sermon: A house not made with hands
By Shan Jackson
March 9, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 8, 2012 at 9:09 p.m.
Among our favorite passages is where Jesus says, "In My Father's house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:2-3).
I have never lived in a mansion, though I know somewhat about them. Mansions, stereotypically, are large and ornate, comfortable and safe.
The Bible, however, indicates that heaven will be as a mansion like we have never seen before. It will be as a mansion "not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (2 Corinthians 5:1-2).
Therefore, we should be looking forward to going, and working toward that goal. Paul says, "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body" (Philippians 3:20-21).
Let us also note the biblical description: Heaven is described as a city that has "no need for the sun or moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it" (Revelation 21:23). Heaven is described as a city that will always be pure.
"But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life" (Revelation 21:27). Also, there will be no evil people in Heaven, only the righteous of every generation shall live within its confines. You see, heaven is "an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you." (1 Peter 1:4).
Heaven is the inheritance received by those who have been faithful children of God. In Heaven "God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away" (Revelation 21:4).
There will be no tears or crying in Heaven because there will be nothing there to cause such discomfort. There will never be another sad moment for us because there will be nothing but joy and happiness. In Heaven there will be no funerals or cemeteries because people there will live forever. As the poet so aptly wrote, "In the land where we never grow old." There will be no pain, sickness or hurt in Heaven because we will have an immortal body.
As human beings we cannot even begin to understand the glories of Heaven even if we were given a lengthy description. The only way we will understand how wonderful Heaven is going to be is to see it for ourselves. Let's make sure we go to Heaven. Remember, Jesus said, "no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
Shan Jackson is the pastor of Port Lavaca Church of Christ.