Today’s Griefshare lesson was on Heaven. I am going to skip the discussion about how to get to Heaven and begin from the premise that in the Bible is the answer, and the answer is Jesus Christ.
You may or may not think about Heaven when a loved one dies. But if your loved one died as a believer they are right now in Heaven with Christ. That is good news. So we who are still living here have something to look forward to. One great thing about Heaven is that it will be a place of glad reunion. A kind of Family Reunion on steroids. I did not lose my wife. If I lost her I wouldn’t know where she is. But I do know where she is. And can I tell you a little secret? Those who we miss in death do not miss us the same way. They are where we want to be. A place that we struggle to describe.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
The wonder and joy of Heaven is not the streets of gold or the gates of pearl but relationships with people who have gone on before us. And to meet in person the Lord Jesus Christ and to be with Him will be worth it all. Heaven is a place where there is no night or death or pain or fear or tears or sighing or trouble. It is Paradise.
People have many ideas about the hereafter. They believe in reincarnation or claim to have near death experiences. They believe that it doesn’t matter what you believe or who you serve, in the end they think that God gives everyone a free pass. But that is just not true.
“Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
But if you are truly saved, the anticipation of Heaven and of reunion sustains us through all of the sadness and confusion and grief we experience in this life.
You can survive grief without Jesus. But if you miss Heaven you will never have more than memories ever again.