The Hope of Eternal Life
All praise to God,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is by His great mercy that we have been born again,
because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
Now we live with great expectation,
and we have a priceless inheritance –
an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you,
pure and undefiled,
beyond the reach of change and decay.
1 PETER 1:3-4 (NLT)
Heaven is a very real place. If you are a Christian, it is the place you will go to when you die. And when you face death, when you face the loss of loved ones, you desperately need a rock-solid hope. Jan describes our need for hope: “The thought that this is all there is – we live and we die – was dreadful. When you realize how fragile life is, you search hard for the truth. You have to know what is real. You need a hope beyond this life.”
Heaven provides that hope for us and for many, many others. The reality of heaven doesn’t take away the pain of our suffering or our losses, but it assures us that our pain is temporary. Oh, may we lift our eyes toward heaven, our real home!
If they had longed for the country they came from,
they could have gone back.
But they were looking for a better place,
a heavenly homeland.
That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for He has prepared a city for them.
HEBREWS 11:15-16 (NLT)
On the journey with you,