If God’s going to come back and create new Heavens and new earth, why strive to do anything on earth while we’re here? What’s the point of going through suffering on earth? Besides, what’s so compelling about a Heaven full of rosy-cheeked cherubs? Kasey Leander looks at these questions in today’s Take Five.
The promise of an eternity where God makes everything new again is what gives Christians the bedrock confidence we are going to need to live with purpose in this life.
When thinking about heaven, the dominant themes we see in scripture, when Jesus talks about eternity, are weddings and feasting.
Jesus connects the story of humanity once and for all, all the way through, and finally, in Revelation, as the new heavens and the new Jerusalem come down to Earth, they’re both a heavenly city and a redeemed garden. That’s our eternal purpose, and it’s a hope that gives us perspective on the past, courage for today, and hope for tomorrow.
Make it Personal
Rather than it being merely an abstract belief, how can we actively take courage and hope in the future to come as described in the Bible?
How does thinking about the future to come, ground us in living out a life of mission and sharing the Gospel?