Through the years here, I’ve often been asked questions about heaven, and I’ve often said, “One of these days, I’ll do my best to answer that one in a series on heaven.” Well, that time has come. We have two weekends left in the “Heaven” series, and for the next two weekends, I’m going to do my best to address some of the most commonly asked questions I’ve received. This coming weekend, we’ll devote our attention to just one.
“What happens after we die?” I’ve traditionally responded that “We’re with the Lord, that’s all that matters.” But that hasn’t seemed to be satisfactory to many of you. Instead, you’ve only asked me more questions. :^)
If heaven isn’t in its final version until the end of time, which is what we’ve seen in Revelation 21, then where are we? Does our spirit go to sleep and the next thing we know we’re waking up at the return of the Lord? Or are we conscious of being in the Lord’s presence and yet “waiting” for the return of the Lord? If so, what are we doing in that realm? Are we conscious of what people who are still alive are doing? And what about those who’ve passed who didn’t know the Lord?
I’m going to do my best to address these questions along the way this weekend. There are some clues the Lord has left us in Scripture. You may be thinking, “Why are we spending any time on this? We need to focus on life in this realm!”
I would say, though, that addressing concerns and fears regarding what’s beyond death will actually set us free to live more effectively in this realm.
One of the reasons Jesus came was to set us free from a slavery to the fear of dying (Hebrews 2:15). The fear is real.
So is Jesus.
And it’s for freedom He’s come to set you free. (Galatians 5:1)
I hope to help you embrace that freedom more deeply this weekend.
Bring a friend!
See you Thursday night or Sunday!
Grace and Peace,