– Max Lucado
A New Heaven and Earth
When the Apostle John wrote that he “saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more” (Rev 21:1), he then “saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev 21:2), which is Christ (as the husband and the church as the bride). Looking at our poor, tired, and polluted earth today, that’s something to look forward too.
God with Us
The Bible says that Immanuel is another name for Jesus Christ and means “God with us,” and He was with the disciples, but someday, He will be with us in the literal sense as it says, “the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God” (Rev 21:3). This means that someday God will dwell with us and we will “see His face” (Rev 21:4), and that will make any spirit soar!
The Image of God
In the beginning, God created mankind in the image of God (Gen 1:27), but our image has been marred by sin. We are fallen creatures, but someday, we will receive new bodies that are incorruptible and “Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven” (1st Cor 15:49). Now that I’m well beyond 60, I am not sure how much longer my body will go on…but, someday, “the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality” (1st Cor 15:54), and that should make your spirit soar today!
The God of the Living
God is not the God of the dead, but of the living, because Jesus spoke about Abraham as if he still exists…and he does! For us today, we look forward to the time when “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4). Death will have its last gasp prior to Jesus’ return when death shall be no more, and our spirits in that day will soar…quite literally.
Nothing can separate the believer in Christ from God, including death, and as Max Lucado stated, “After this body is dead, my spirit will soar,” and we will be with the Lord forevermore. That includes you if you’ve repented and trusted in Christ.