Heavenly Perfection

Joel Plantinga

READ : Revelation 21:1-4

He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (v. 3)

True story: a terminally ill child from our children’s school was nearing the end of life. As her parents cared for her, they noticed her calm demeanor. When asked how she was doing, the girl said matter-of-factly that she was fine and wondered why her parents couldn’t see Jesus sitting next to her on the bed. What makes this story even more amazing is that this family had no spiritual background or connection to Christianity. There was no “default” that would lead the child to know Jesus before this experience.

We have a lot of questions about heaven. Will I know people who have passed away before me? What will it be like? If I have to sing, will I at least get a better-sounding voice? And of course, the super-spiritual questions about whether there will be golf or pets! Here’s what we know: heaven is a place that is uncorrupted by sin and suffering. It’s the place where God dwells in complete harmony and unity with his people, and the place where the pain of this life no longer exists. While the specifics are beyond imagining (see 1 Cor. 2:9), we know that none of us will want for anything or wish that anything was different.

I believe that little girl experienced a preview of the greatest gift of heaven: the presence of Jesus himself.


Thank you, Lord, for being with us in life and in death. Amen.