Dreaming of Heaven – Article 31

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Answers for the Kid in all of us, from 3-103.
A series by Amy Jo Roland on excerpts
from Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven for Kids epm.org

Why Is It Cool to Think About
Being With Jesus For Eternity?

“Each of us is made for a person.  And we’re also made for a place.  Jesus is the person.  Heaven is the place.” –Randy Alcorn

Why does Randy say that we are made for Jesus?  Jesus made the world and everything in it—including you—because it made Him glad to do it.  He then gave His own life in our place because we have sin and He is perfect, so He could pay for our sin, because He loves us.

Why does Randy say that we are made for Heaven?  In Genesis 2, God put the first man in the Garden of Eden, which was as close to an earthly description of Heaven’s geographic highlights as I have ever heard.  After sin messed up the Garden (and the rest of the world, too), Jesus came to the rescue of all who trust in Him, and he told us the rest of His plan.  He had Heaven in mind the whole time!  He always planned for us to live with Him there.  Jesus told His people that He was going to prepare a place for us.  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”—John 14:1-3

This Jesus is the same guy who made water turn into wine when they ran out at big wedding.  He healed people who had never been able to see or hear or walk and made them perfectly healthy.  He gave (and still gives) people without hope, perfect hope and brings His peace into lives that have been scared to death.  He walked on water in the middle of an angry sea; he turned a child’s lunchbox offering into enough for thousands; he even knows your name, your favorite food, your biggest wish and how many hairs are on your head.  He’s cool.  Oh, and He designed the Platypus.  And He’s looking forward to hanging out with you forever!

Randy A. says, “Jesus lives in Heaven and is getting a place ready for us there.  So if we look forward to being with Jesus, that’s the same as looking forward to Heaven.  Why?  Because that’s where we’ll be with him.  So whenever we think about being with Jesus, we’re thinking about Heaven.  And whenever we think about Heaven, we should be thinking about Jesus.”


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rolandfs posted at 2013-11-5 Category: Heaven