The Eurogliders once sang ‘Heaven must be there, I don’t want to live in this place.’  I wonder if you think that’s sufficient justification to believe in heaven – that there must be a better place than this?

Then of course those who believe in heaven have a multitude of different opinions as to what heaven is like.  Some say heaven is already right here on earth, you just need to have the right mindset. Others suggest reincarnation is what happens.  Reincarnation seems to me to be the ultimate rip-off, you die and come back to the same messed up place, there must be a better option than that!  And anyway, how can anyone possibly know whose opinion is right?

I reckon if anyone’s opinion on this is worth considering, then what Jesus had to say must carry some weight.  He claimed he’d come from heaven and was going back to heaven (John 3’13,31-32).  Such a bold claim might at first be ignored, but since he rose from the dead, as we celebrated last week, we have every reason to have confidence in his take on eternity.

Over the next few weeks we are going to be exploring different aspects of the eternal life God has promised us in Jesus.  Today we consider preparing for that life and the rewards God promises.  Our parish vision statement to ‘Worship God, Grow in Christ and Share the love of Jesus in the power of Holy Spirit’ ends with the words: ‘looking to the Lord’s return’ so we are going to consider what the bible has to say about how we can do that. And do that in a way that means we are prepared for that great day as well as making the most of the days God gives us here on earth.

Pray that God may give you a clear picture of the sure hope he’s promised us in Jesus. It’s no rip off reincarnation or watered down earth without the troubles. We’re promised wonders beyond our comprehension:

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Ray Robinson

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