Michael Allen Rogers is senior pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary. He met his wife, Carol, in high school and they've been married since1969. They have 4 children and 14 grandchildren. Michael is the author of What Happens After I Die?—the source of this week's readings.
What he Said … One Tremendous Makeover
An old gospel song says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a-passing through; my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven's open door, and I can't feel at home in this world anymore." The song correctly emphasizes lasting detachment from things of the present world because we are only pilgrims on earth. However, the notion that our heavenly destination is "somewhere beyond the blue" is utterly wrong—if it leads you to picture the final heaven of God located in the dim ether of outer space, on cloudland. Life in the heaven of popular imagination is so spiritualized as to be barren and sterile. Everyone dressed in identical white robes, carrying a harp to choir practice is not only unappealing, it is totally unbiblical. The Bible teaches that our final dwelling for eternity shall in fact be a renewed version of planet Earth.
This material world, after a tremendous makeover, will become the permanent dwelling place for the saints of God in Christ. It is amazing how many Christians are completely surprised by this concept.