It’s 6:30pm on July 29th, and I’m currently on an airplane flying home. I have a window seat. I closed my window shortly after takeoff and didn’t reopen it until just moments ago. The first thought I had upon opening my window was, “heaven’s got to look something like this.”
The clouds were smoothly streaked across the sky as if they had been painted there by a masterfully talented artist’s brush. Golden sunbeams spilled onto the white like honey. Looking out my window, my eyes were met with an expanse of white and gold that looked solid enough to walk on. I imagined that just out of view, right by the source of those sunbeams, the Lord sat on His throne. And I thought about what a marvel heaven must be…infinitely more glorious than the clouds I saw out my ten-inch window, and yet even that took my breath away.
It’s convicting and humbling and awe-inspiring and mind-boggling all at the same time to know that one day when my earthly life is done, I will enter into my King’s glorious presence. If I were not clothed in the righteousness of Christ…if my life were not hidden in His…the thought of life after death would be enough to make me tremble. But because I am untied with Christ…because my sins have been covered by the blood of the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world…that knowledge is a cause for joy – great joy.
Indeed, many of us have good, good lives here though we may experience seasons of trial or testing, but we will have it unimaginably better on the other side of eternity.
What would be for the unbeliever a blinding, painful, and unbearable light will be for those of us in Christ warm golden rays perfectly illuminating our hearts.
What would be to the unbeliever a statement of, “depart from me for I never knew you,” will be to those of us in Christ accolades of, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
What would be for the unbeliever an unending list of condemning sins will be for those of us in Christ a steady recitation of “forgiven, forgiven, forgiven.”
What would be for the unbeliever an intractable banishing into the outer darkness will be for those of us in Christ open arms and a Father’s voice saying, “welcome home, my child.”
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.’” Revelation 21:4-8.
O that day when freed from sinning, I shall see Thy lovely face. Clothed then in blood washed linen, how I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace. Come, my Lord, no longer tarry; take my ransomed soul away. Send Thine angels now to carry me to realms of endless day.