It has correctly been said, “Heaven is a pre-pared place for a prepared people.” Before Jesus re-turned to His celestial home He comforted his dis-ciples with these words, “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 re-ceive you unto myself; that where Iam, there ye may be also” (John 14:2,3).
What kind of place has the Lord gone to pre-pare for His people? The Bible pictures heaven as a bright and radiant city, beautiful and grand to behold . “and the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breath…And the building of the wall of it was of Jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones… And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamb is the light thereof” (Rev. 21).
Every Christian longs to go to this city where his treasure is laid up and where his heart abides. Paul became homesick for heaven and stated his desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. On this earth we are but strangers, foreigners and sojourners. We are on our way to the city of God. “For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20).
Again, the Bible depicts heaven as a place of love, joy and peace. Nearly everything that my generation has known has been war and rumors of war. My father fought in World War II; and many of my own generation lost their lives in the Korean Conflict. Even now we shutter at the thought of an all-out atomic warfare, which could wipe life off the face of the earth.
Think of the misery , pain, sorrow, and suffering, which have been caused by the greed, hatred and envy of mankind. Think of the broken-hearted mothers as they have read the message, “Your son has been killed in action.” Think of the lonely wives and the under-privileged children.
In heaven none of these things shall be; for God is there and God is love. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
Jesus has prepared a wonderful place for His people-a place too wonderful to miss! Let us therefore prepare ourselves that we may be fit to live there and be ready to meet the Lord when He returns to claim His own.