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The Wednesday Word – When I get to Heaven

There are certain things I look forward to seeing in Heaven when I get there. Brother McKee, you say ´WHEN´ you get to heaven. Are you not being too cocky? No indeed! However, I would be being boastful if I were depending on me for eternal life. The truth is, I am a wretch saved by grace but I´ve been bought and paid for by precious blood. I´m safe and secure in Christ. That´s why I say WHEN I get to Heaven

There are things I´d like to see there. For example, there are radiant crowns of pure gold that the elders wear (Revelation 4:4). Then there´s a river, a crystal-clear river, (Revelation 22:1). What must that look like? Then the Throne, the very Throne of Heaven from where our Sovereign majesty rules and reigns. And as I stand in awe and gaze upon the majestic rainbow around it (Revelation 4:3), I´d remember that I want to see and understand why there is a sea of glass mixed with fire (Revelation 15:2-3).

I´d also love to contemplate the brilliance of the costly stones and crystal-clear jasper that are in use everywhere. I´d delight to see the twelve gates (Revelation 21:12) and the twelve foundations (Revelation 21:14). The foundations of those gates are garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation is jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. (See Revelation 21:19-20). Totally amazing!

Then I´d make sure to hear the music. John says he heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: (Revelation 14:2-3). I can only imagine what those harpers must sound like. It will be utterly magnificent.

There´s also a street constructed of pure gold. Walking on gold! I think that when I stand there it, I will be abandoned to astonished speechlessness (Revelation 21:21).

But magnificent as all these things are, the great attraction of Heaven for me will be JESUS, in His own divine and glorious Person. The great desirability of heaven will neither be the prophets, apostles, martyrs; nor “the general assembly and Church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven. “

Much as I look forward to seeing the place where there is no sickness and death and where tears never fall, the main attraction will neither be the “great cloud of witnesses,” nor the song of the redeemed but JESUS HIMSELF-

JESUS-

JESUS-

JESUS HIMSELF.

He will be the one grand and glorious object of universal attraction and delight. There´s an old saying I fully endorse which says, “Were I in heaven without my God, it were no heaven to me.”

So true! Heaven means we will get to meet face to face with the God-Man, the one who was wounded, bruised and slaughtered on our behalf. May Jesus be our entire salvation and all our desire. May He not be a stranger to us when we arrive in Glory.

The old-time preacher, Joseph Irons, said it like this,

“Heaven is where Jesus is and, consequently, I am not going to say a word about its locality. All I want to know of heaven, before I get there, and all I shall want to know of heaven, when I get there, is that I am to be with Jesus–everlastingly with Jesus; immortal as He is-yes, more, as safe as He is. For, He says, “Because I live, you shall live also,” so that I may boldly assert that the life of a believer is as safe as the life of Christ and must be so to all eternity.”

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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