“In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.’—John 14:2.
Beloved, what is heaven? What is the final glory of the saints? Is it not the best place, the richest inheritance provided by the Father for the people ransomed and brought home to glory by His Son?
Yesterday was a difficult day. The Mother of a childhood friend passed away from a long, hard struggle with Cancer a few days ago, and I attended the visitation last night. When I saw the face of my dear, sweet friend, her first words were ” I don’t know how people who are not Christians do this”. This life can be filled with sadness and sorrow, love and beauty but according to God’s word it’s all fleeting. This world we know is passing away. We as Children of God cling to the blessed hope of Heaven. It was a welcome relief to enter my Church yesterday and be able to sing praises to our God in Hymns that celebrate our joyful path to Heaven. Oh what a glorious gift God has given us! I don’t ponder it enough dear reader and I thought it might be a wonderful encouragement for you to ponder it this fine Monday morning. Whatever your day brings, if Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior he has set aside a glorious place for you dear child to spend eternity with your King in Heaven. There will be a day with no more sorrow, pain or tears. You will reside forever with the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What a Joyous day that will be!
I have included the lyrics to one of the songs we sang yesterday. “When we all get to Heaven” by Eliza E. Hewitt, followed by a few words of wisdom from Octavious Winslow.
For more information on Eliza’s own struggles and inspiring testimony click here:https://musicfrombrokenchords.wordpress.com/the-gospel-in-hymns/eliza-edmunds-hewitt/
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
- Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed
He’ll prepare for us a place.
When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!
- While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when trav’ling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh.
- Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.
- Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.
Heaven is a place designated by God
Chosen and consecrated by Him for the Church redeemed by the precious blood of His dear Son. And when we enter there, we shall enter as children welcomed to a Father’s home! It will be the best that God can give us! He will bestow upon us, who deserved the least, the best in His power to bestow—the best Savior, the best robe, the best banquet, the best inheritance.
In the new heaven and the new earth there will be nothing more to taint, nothing more to sully, nothing more to embitter, nothing more to wound—no serpent to beguile, no spoiler to destroy, no sin to defile, no adversity to sadden, no misunderstanding to alienate, no tongue to defame, no suspicion to chill, no tear, nor sickness, nor death, nor parting. It will be the best part of the pure, radiant, glorified universe which God will assign to His people! Saints of the Most High!
Let the prospect cheer, sanctify, and comfort you! It will not be long that you are to labor and battle here on earth. It is but a little while that you are to occupy your present sphere of conflict, of trial, and of sorrow. The time is coming—oh, how fast it speeds! Soon the Lord Jesus Christ will bring you home to heaven!
Grace Gems: Octavius Winslow (1808 – 1878)