Making heaven in the end

Imagine a young man or woman still in his or her twenties strolling into the church to worship and see this topic as the focus of worship.  Imagine a pulpit that is laden with messages of Jesus coming very soon.  I am afraid that this might not be what the people need at this time.  I remember a pastor who wrote that the message of heaven has been preached long enough and should be stopped.  The pastor insisted that the church should rather concentrate on empowering her members to economic prosperity than preaching too much about making heaven.  Therefore, when people walk into the church especially on a Sunday morning to hear messages tagged “Making Heaven In The End,” they may see your pulpit as outdated and not cut for the contemporary age.  In actuality, the true Christian message should be how to empower Christians to live their lives in such a way that they would make heaven at last. Heaven is real!  Jesus illustrated this in His parables and teachings, He said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4).
The problem with some preachers who preach about heaven is often their use of made up stories to convince people about the reality of heaven.  There were times it became popular for people to claim of a near death experience that took them to heaven.  They come back with awful stories of how they met Jesus in heaven and how they also saw the horror of hell.  These people end up creating more confusion and heresies that divide the church and even homes.  The message of heaven is clear and Jesus Himself made it clear in the story of the rich man and Lazarus that all that we need to convince men of heaven and eternal life are here with us.  In other words, bringing men from the dead or transporting angels from heaven to herald the message of heaven will not make greater impact than what is already given: “‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’  “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’  “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'” (Luke 16:27-31).
There is indeed a life after here on earth.  The problem with the issue of life after here on earth is that it is not just a life to spend with no strings attached to it; it is a life that would be lived after we have been judged of our former life on earth.  It is a life of reward for good done in Christ or punishment done for the evil we have done and our refusal to accept Christ as personal Lord and Saviour.  The prophet Daniel foretold this in his revelations: “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people — everyone whose name is found written in the book — will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:1-2).
According to our Bible, heaven is real and it is noble to aspire for heaven.  It is the aspiration for heaven that enables us to ‘eat’ indeed the words of the hymn writer, ‘How sweet the name of Jesus Sounds in a believer’s ear, it sooths his sorrows heals his wounds and drives away his fears.”  Without a desire for heaven the world will succeed in breaking your heart.  When one takes a look at the amount of injustice, wickedness, bloodletting, intrigues and betrayal of trust going on in this world, one might be pushed to rebellion or suicide.  It is the message of heaven that gives us hope and restrains us from evil.  It is the message of heaven that tames our aspiration and ambitions.  It is the message of heaven that controls our sexual and corrupt desires; it is the message of heaven in Christ that promotes peace and good neighborliness among all people. The message of heaven is the message of hope!

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