In my flesh shall I see God.Job 19:26
We have seen a phenomenon called Beyond the Grave in our church since 1999. 18 years ago no one had any idea the impact this multi-media production would have on all of our lives. No one was talking about heaven or hell in those days, the church seemed to have been fixated on the here and now. All that seemed to matter was how I could be a success in life. The words of Jesus seemed to have been somehow forgotten, Luke 9:25 “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” At the end of the day (or the end of our lives) only eternity will matter. Heaven is real and closer than any of us imagine. Here are some words from Spurgeon that may help us focus on eternity.
“It is not-I shall see the pearly gates, I shall behold the walls of jasper, I shall gaze upon the crowns of gold, but I shall see God. This is the sum and substance of heaven, this is the joyful hope of all believers. It is their delight to see him now in the ordinances by faith. They love to behold him in communion and in prayer; but there in heaven they shall have an open and unclouded vision, and thus seeing him as he is, shall be made completely like him. Likeness to God-what can we wish for more? And a sight of God-what can we desire better? Some read the passage, Yet, I shall see God in my flesh, and find here an allusion to Christ, as the Word made flesh, and that glorious beholding of him which shall be the splendour of the latter days. Whether so or not it is certain that Christ shall be the object of our eternal vision; nor shall we ever want any joy beyond that of seeing him.”
I guess Spurgeon was posing the ultimate question, what makes heaven heaven? Why do you really want to go there or is it just better than the other options? I have thought a lot about Beyond the Grave these last 18 years and have come to a conclusion. Inside of all of us there is something that is crying out for more. It’s not the golden streets or the family reunion that makes heaven so desirable, its the fact that then we will finally see God.