When you hear the word ‘heaven’, what first comes to your mind? Over the years I have heard people associate heaven with things like: fishing, picnics, and even partying. One world religion refers to heaven as a place of pleasure and promiscuity. How foolish and sad it is that many think this way. For the true child of God, heaven is a place where we are finally at home.
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13)
Many of us used to sing an old song that said, “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.” As God’s children, we are strangers and pilgrims here on the earth and our citizenship is in heaven. Like Abraham, we look for a city which hath foundation and whose builder and maker is God. We anticipate greatly the day when we will see our Savior and rejoice with Him forever. Another song about heaven says,
“What a day that will be, When my Jesus I shall see; And I look upon His face, The One who saved me by his grace; When He takes me by the hand, And leads me through the Promised Land; What a day, glorious day that will be!” (written by Bill & Gloria Gaither)
We also look forward to the day when we will be reunited with our loved ones. I have often been asked if we will recognize each other in heaven. I believe we will. The Apostle Paul teaches us in the book of Corinthians –
1 Corinthians 15:42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead: What is sown is perishable; it is raised imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
From these words we understand that the same body that is buried in weakness will be raised in power. The same body that is buried with disease will be raised with glory. The same body that is buried as a natural body will be raised as a spiritual body. Christ is going to resurrect the same body that is buried in the ground. Yet when He does, He is going to change it into a body fit for eternity in heaven.
Think of how wonderful it will be when we are once again reunited with our loved ones, and together we will spend eternity worshipping our Savior in our heavenly bodies.
What a day, glorious day that will be!