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John 14:2-3, Isaiah 11:6-7, Revelation 21, 22, 4:3-5

My family has a habit of reading the devotional, Our Daily Bread each day.  Recently, one writer wrote about someone who assumed Heaven is boring.  The writer quickly mentioned that when they went to the Grand Canyon, they were in awe at one part of God’s creation.  The author concluded that Heaven would not be boring.  I would like to add reasons I think Heaven will not be boring:

  1. Jesus will be there!
  2. Wolves, lions and bears can reside there (like a beautiful zoo with no cages).
  3. The sun is not needed because God Himself provides all of the light with no night.
  4. The River of Life is in front of God’s throne.
  5. Lightning and thunder come from God’s throne.
  6. There is a rainbow encircling His throne (no more waiting for the weather conditions to be just right for a rainbow).
  7. The main street is made out of GOLD.  God doesn’t have to mine for gold, since He can just make it.
  8. New Jerusalem’s walls will be decorated with jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, amethyst (my favorite), etc.  Is that enough precious stones for you?
  9. There are lots of mansions in Heaven.
  10. Jesus said He’d “prepare a place for you” which implies individual things might be included, like your favorite wild animals.

Will Heaven be boring?  Maybe one day’s highlights would be strolling down the golden street, hugging a lion, and doing a backstroke in the River of Life while watching lightning shoot out from God’s throne.  That sounds exciting to me!  Why would God make Himself a boring place to live?  That’s an insult to Him.  God is GOD and everything will be perfect.  Trust Him to provide eternal entertainment.

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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.

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.

John 8:12

A few days ago, the kids and I were online and entertained by about seven zoo penguins in a line, looking up at a large, white screen.  They were watching a small, fast moving yellow light.  The group of penguins was so focused on the light that they were synchronized.

This morning, Emily and Ethan were looking at various objects through a kaleidoscope.  They found that without light, what they saw was dull.  At one point, when light was added, there were what appeared to be glittering, golden strands in the image.

Jesus is our light.  If we focus on Jesus and follow Him, He’ll make our lives beautiful.

 

Joel 3:10, Matthew 9:36

About two weeks ago, I took our son to a routine dentist appointment.  While there, we couldn’t help but notice a scared, five-year-old girl.  She was really crying because she didn’t want her teeth counted and she didn’t like the bubblegum flavor.  Her mom had to help her calm down.

Last week, I needed to go to a grocery store at night, during a storm.  No watches or warnings had been issued, but there was active lightning and rain.  While at the store, the lights flickered three times, but the power didn’t go out.  I heard a couple of apprehensive comments when the lights flickered.  If the power had gone out and no backup power was available, people would have been in the dark, possibly with melting ice cream, and without a way to buy their groceries.

The two above examples show people in a weak, helpless mode.  At one point in Matthew, Jesus saw crowds and felt sorry for them.  He saw them as helpless.

What is the opposite of helpless?  Strong.  If you’re feeling weak and helpless, lean on mighty Jesus.

 

John 3:19-21

One day, I saw a young bull thistle in our yard.  Not having a chance to get to it, I took note of where it was.  When I took our puppy out at night, I didn’t want him to step on it.  It had been easy to spot during the day, but when I looked for it in the dark, I couldn’t find it.  I kept him far away from the area I thought it might be.

In the above verses, Jesus said that those who do evil despise the light since it will reveal bad deeds.  Pretend that young bull thistle represents people that love darkness.  Wouldn’t those “people” be angry when the light came and showed their ugly prickles?  Let’s ditch darkness and love the light!

 

Luke 2:7, 23:50-56, 24

According to “The Ultimate Bible Fact and Quiz Book” by Martin Manser, “…The second century Christian writer, Justin Martyr, who was born in Palestine, said that Joseph found a cave which was used as a stable.”  If that is so, Christmas card companies, artists, etc. should get the memo.

If Jesus was born in a cave, maybe that was to symbolize Him being surrounded by a dark sinful world.  Much later, when His body was placed in a cave-like tomb, maybe that also symbolized Him being surrounded by a dark sinful world.  However, Christians know that Jesus didn’t stay there long.

We still live in a sinful world but Jesus, the light of the world, conquered the darkness of sin and death.  JESUS WON, so if you’re hanging onto sin, getting away from the darkness and basking in Jesus’ light is the answer!