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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

When Jesus Takes Me Home

I just read (in about three hours, it's an easy read) the book Heaven is For Real, by Todd Burpo, about his son Colton's experience visiting heaven.  It's a good book, and you can read it yourself (find it here).  In a nutshell, three-year-old Colton develops a life-threatening case of appendicitis, and during his surgery he spends (according to him) "three minutes" in heaven.  There he sits on Jesus' lap, meets also the Father and the Holy Spirit, meets his long-dead great-grandfather, meets his sister who was miscarried before his birth, and sees other wonders of heaven.

This book is along the lines of Ninety Minutes in Heaven, but the really lovely thing about it is the child's perspective.  According to his father, Colton described many things that are found in detail in the Bible, without ever having read or been told about them.  I approached the book with some skepticism, but I do believe that God is all-powerful, which means he can give a little boy an experience in heaven to be able to bless the lives of many people on earth.  Everything Colton says about God and heaven are things that the Bible clearly states as well.  The book is an inspirational and encouraging story.

In the end, though, it doesn't matter much to me what other people say about heaven.  I can read about it for myself in God's word.  And what I can't understand about it (which is a lot), I am okay with just accepting until I can experience it for myself.  Because I know, without a doubt, that I will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus.  I don't know a lot about heaven, or about eternity, but I do know this:

God is all-good.  So heaven will be completely good.
I will have a perfect body: no more sickness, infirmity, ailments, weaknesses.
I will get to meet every other person who is a child of God, who has ever lived, including family members I've never met.
I will be in the very presence of God himself, and will get to praise him in his presence.
I will never sin again.  No bad thing will be able to exist in heaven.
I will never be sad, angry, lonely, or hurt in heaven.  Those things are all a result of sin, which won't be in heaven.
I will see Jesus for myself, face-to-face.
All the bad things I've ever done will be forgotten, because Jesus' righteousness will cover me.
However time works, I will be there forever, with God.

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