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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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What will heaven be like? What will we be like in heaven? Who will we be? How will we look? What will we do? Will we know people? This past weekend, Pastor Doug invited us to imagine heaven and to gain a deeper understanding of what awaits us in eternity.
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For the Note Takers
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's' teaching this weekend:
Heaven Is the Eternal Experience of God’s Perfection: What will heaven be like? It will be God living with us! We’ll be in His presence forever; no more tears, sorrow, pain, or death; no more computer viruses, late fees, data charges, lawsuits, depositions, divorce courts, debates, elections, school shootings, sexual assault, or suicide bombers. Heaven is the place where God makes all things new.
Who Will We Be?: We will receive a new name and a glorified body . . . one that never tires, aches, or ages. Our beauty will increase every day! Purity will be restored. We will never experience sickness, pain, or weariness.
What Will We Do?: Will heaven be boring? No! It will be the greatest adventure, more amazing than anything you could ever dream of! We’ll live in a state of perpetual exhilaration.
Who Will We Know?: We will remember the suffering, but it will be swallowed up in glory. We will see our loved ones and remember them; we will be reunited with them in paradise. Who’s waiting for you?
Our Longing for Heaven Is Our Longing for Home: Imagine seeing Jesus—seeing the scars and the holes in His hands. Imagine looking into His eyes and then giving Him a hug . . . What will that hug be like? God’s greatest gift to us has always been Himself. Eden’s greatest attraction was the presence of God, being able to walk with Him. We will experience that for eternity!
Quote to Remember: Eschatology is not so much about millennial positions or the structure of Revelation, but about the problem of evil and how that problem will be solved.—Pastor Doug Sauder
A Powerful Story Paralleling God and Life After Death
In a mother's womb were two babies . . .
One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can't understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here. Maybe we won't need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don't know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That's laughable. If Mother exists then where is she now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of her. It is in her that we live. Without her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don't see her, so it is only logical that she doesn't exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you're in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear her loving voice, calling down from above.”
A Look Ahead
In week four of our midweek discipleship class series, we’ll hear from Pastor Joe Ferraro of our West Boca campus on how to share our faith.
This weekend, we’ll wrap up our “Heaven” series as we examine the blueprint of heaven, its center, the new Jerusalem, and the new earth.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.