JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the joys of heaven.
The Apostle John was given the view of a new heaven and a new earth in Revelation chapter 21.
In verses 3 and 4, he says, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
This is a description of heaven. This is where followers of Jesus have our ultimate citizenship. What is striking in these two verses is what is present and what is absent in heaven. What is missing is death. There will be no more funerals and no more good-byes among loved ones. Our tears will be dried as sadness is overtaken by gladness of heart. Hospital beds will be missing. Wheelchairs will not be needed. Heaven is a place of life and healing and pure happiness. What makes heaven so special is that Jesus will be present among His followers, who will have the opportunity to adore Him and praise Him for eternity.
The joys of heaven are reasons to be glad in the Year of Celebration.
JOHN SHIRK – 2014 is the Year of Celebration at WJTL. Listen each day for moments of celebration from God’s Word. We will examine the attributes of God, His mighty deeds in the past, and the hopeful future that He is planning for His people.
Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the establishment of God’s Kingdom.
Psalm 103:19 says, “The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.”
Every attempt to dethrone the LORD will fail. The angel Lucifer tried it, and lost his place in heaven as a result.
The firm foundation of God’s throne has several implications for our lives.
1) His throne is in heaven. His leadership is not just good. It is Divine.
2) His Kingdom is eternal. We have the promise of a glorious future with Him when our hope is in the security of God’s love, expressed ultimately through Jesus Christ.
3) Some day, the worshippers of God will gather around the throne of heaven to celebrate the worthiness of Jesus as Lord.
The establishment of God’s Kingdom is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.
JOHN SHIRK – While physical death is the result of our sin, eternal life is the promise of God for those who receive His grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Revelation 21 pictures a new heaven and a new earth. Life’s harsh realities in our world today will not be present in God’s new world order.
Verse 3 says, “God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
No more funerals, no more brokenness, no more hospitals, no more bad news. This is the picture of God’s restoration when He makes everything new.
The restoration that God has promised for His people is a lesson of faith worth remembering.