Additional Scripture Readings: Isaiah 65:17–25; 2 Corinthians 5:1
Seventy-one percent of Americans believe in an afterlife. And yet, when asked, most reply that they know very little about what that life will be like. What do you know about heaven?
Very little. That’s what most of us know about heaven. Maybe we don’t long for heaven right now. Our wealthy standard of living offers us delicacies and delights in the present.
Maybe we don’t relate to the old images of heaven. Pearly gates. Streets of gold. Angels gathering around God’s throne. Hmmm.
But when we or someone near to us faces death, heaven becomes critical. Then every detail revealed in Scripture regarding heaven becomes precious: That God will complete the good work he began in us (see Philippians 1:6). That we will enter into the presence of God (see 1 John 3:2). That we will feel pain no more (see Revelation 21:4).
As long as we live in a world untouched by death, heaven can wait. But when we’re awakened to the reality of mortality, it becomes very important to answer the question, “What is heaven like?”