Our Homesickness Cured
Theme of the Week: Heaven: Beyond Harps and Clouds
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: The creation looks forward to the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay. (Romans 8:21)
Dig Deeper: Romans 8:18-23
The work of Christ was not only intended to save individual souls; the entire cosmos awaits rescue from the blight of human sin. The final heaven will be a made-over version of the earth and skies we have today. We should expect this reconstituted final heaven-on-earth to bring us beauty, sensory delights, and experiences bursting with ongoing joyful discoveries.
It must be significant that nearly all of Jesus's miracles were acts of restoration. For the most part, Jesus did not create brand new things. Instead, blind eyes saw again; demons were cast out; deaf ears heard; dead bodies rose—original creaturely wholeness was reinstated. So in the Day of the Lord, creation returns to the Creator's prototype. Gone will be smog and polluted rivers. Sperm whales will no longer be hunted. (Broad hints from the Prophets say that the animal kingdom will no longer tremble at man's approach.)
Since we together with our first ancestors lost Eden, all of Adam's descendants have been "homesick" for that Blessed Place. Our first ancestors delighted in direct fellowship with the Lord, and we ache to have that back—or more accurately speaking—we long to taste it for the first time.
—Michael Allen Rogers in What Happens After I Die?
My Response: What am I most looking forward to in heaven?
Thought to Apply: Faith is, in the end, a kind of homesickness—for a home we have never visited but have never stopped longing for.—Philip Yancey (writer)
Content taken from What Happens After I Die?by Michael Allen Rogers ©2013. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, crossway.org.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Creator, may I keep my eyes wide open for glimpses of heaven, knowing that the very best you have to offer is yet to come.
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