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John 1:1-5, John 8:12, 1 Timothy 6:14-16

Recently, I went out at night to shop.  Driving home, I saw a motorcycle with purple and blue LED accent lights above the kickstand.  I stared as long as I could, lifted by the shining light display in the dark.

Jesus’ light breaks through darkness on a much larger scale than the motorcycle.  Jesus is “the light of the world” and God is “in unapproachable light.”  It must make them laugh to see that I’m wowed by little LED lights knowing the light I’ll encounter in Heaven someday.

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Matthew 7:7-11, John 3:16

Matthew 19:14

My mom returned our book, “Heaven is for Real” this past week.  If you haven’t heard about it, it’s about a boy, Colton, who claimed to visit Heaven during an appendectomy.  I believe him since his story doesn’t counter the Bible.  Chapter nineteen is entitled, “Jesus Really Loves the Children.”  One example of Jesus’ love for children is in Matthew, where Jesus talked about giving good gifts to children.

I know God loves our kids.  I have a recent example of how much God loves our daughter, Emily.  Emily and I had a Biblical conversation while driving home from an event.  As we pulled in the driveway, I felt satisfied that her questions were answered.  Five days later, I half-listened to a morning devotional, but knew that the writer had talked about losing wedding/engagement rings.  Then, one or two days after that, the kids were practicing tennis in the afternoon when I decided to sit down at a picnic table in a nearby shelter.  Before I sat down, I noticed something shiny and small on the concrete floor.  On closer inspection, I saw it was a child’s toy diamond that had become dislodged from a play ring.  I remembered the devotional about the lost rings and decided to read all of it on my phone.  It reminded me of the Biblical conversation I had with Emily almost a week before.  After the kids were done practicing tennis, as we were walking, I asked Emily if she remembered that conversation.  She did, but she had additional questions that I didn’t know about, but God did.  I listened to her and I again was able to answer her questions.  Evidently, it was important to God that Emily get answers to her extra questions.  Those answers were good gifts from God.  He showed He cared about her questions by lovingly and patiently going to great lengths to get them answered.

Colton was persistent in telling his parents how much Jesus loves kids.  Jesus’ words in the Bible revealed His love for children, and I’ve seen evidence of that love.  If you have kids, please remind them that Jesus loves them!

John 8:12

I found out this past week that our nearby, elderly neighbor passed away.  She was an outgoing Christian and we’ll miss her.  Her address is no longer on our street.  Her house is dark inside.  But we take comfort in knowing that where she lives now, there is no darkness.  What’s her address?  She lives in Heaven in light with the light of this world, Jesus.

Genesis 6:3

Recently, we found out our sweet Aunt Ida went to Heaven.  She was 104, which isn’t far off from God’s limit of 120 years.

Last night, my son, Ethan, was talking about losing loved ones.  He is saved and talks easily about Heaven.  The way he sees it, when Christians go to Heaven, they are on an “eternal vacation.”  I agree with his sunny terminology.

Matthew 3:1-6

My family and I recently got back from a trip to Kentucky.  On our way back home, we stopped in Indiana at a Steak ‘n Shake.  We saw a plane in the distance with a banner.  Since we were on vacation, we had binoculars and I used them to see what the banner said.  I was so curious to know, but all it said was, “$1 soft drinks-M”.  I’ve never seen such an insignificant message in the sky.

Later, I looked up how much it is to get a plane to fly a banner.  On one website, it said that it’s $350 each hour and there’s $100 charge for setting up!

John the Baptist didn’t need a plane banner.  People came to him.  But if someone from the future offered him free plane banner advertising in the sky, I think he’d want it to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  Now that’s a significant message!

 

Luke 21:33

I went shopping recently and heard a song with the words, “…nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky.”  In case anyone in addition to the singer thinks that’s true, it’s actually wrong.  Jesus says,

33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

 

Matthew 13:44

Our kids have small geodes in their rooms.  As I picked one of them up, I rolled it between my fingers to watch the sparkling interior.  I briefly viewed the dull exterior.  It’s surprising that it’s the same rock.

When Jesus was on Earth, He told the parable of hidden treasure.  He compared heaven to hidden treasure.

I think geodes are like hidden treasure.  The outer appearance of a geode looks drab, but if you grab a hammer and a chisel and carefully break it open, you will discover hidden, glittering crystals inside.  So, it seems to me that God made a tangible parable when He created geodes long ago.

 

Genesis 37:23-24, Genesis 41:15-41, Daniel 6, Daniel 2:24-49

Our kids, Emily and Ethan, heard about Joseph (of the Old Testament) today.  And, not long ago, I finished reading the book of Daniel.  I noticed the two men had interesting similarities.  First, Joseph was thrown into a pit and Daniel was thrown into a den of lions.  Second, Joseph interpreted Pharoah’s dream and Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  Finally, Joseph was put in charge of Egypt and Daniel was put in charge of Babylon.

Since Daniel and Joseph had so much in common, if they had been in the same time period,  in the same setting, I think they could have been friends.  But maybe they’ve already bonded in Heaven…

Matthew 14:22-27

In Matthew, I recently read about Jesus finishing talking to a crowd, going to a mountain to pray, and coming on the water towards the boat the disciples were in.  In the above verses, I noticed that Jesus came at “the fourth watch.”  The Reformation Study Bible by R. C. Sproul said that “the fourth watch” would be between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m.!  Also, I realized the word, “crowd” was used and had been used several times in previous chapters.  Curious, I did a search in biblegateway.com and found that “crowd” is in Matthew 41 times!

Jesus was often around crowds.  Today, Jesus is in Heaven after dying for mankind’s sin and rising from the dead.  According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_populations there were 2.2 billion Christians in 2012.  Join the Christian crowd.

 

Revelation 21:1-8

A few days ago, my family went shopping and got tissues and Band-Aids™.  Both of our kids needed Band-Aids™ this week.  Our son needed one on a knee and our daughter needed one on a toe.

For those that make it to Heaven, there won’t be any pain, so there won’t be a need for bandages, pain meds or an emergency room.  God will wipe away any tears, so there will be no need for tissues.  There will be no more death, so there won’t be any more obituaries, funerals or tombstones.

Heaven will be wonderful.  Let’s keep living for Jesus so we can make sure we have a reservation in Heaven.