A STATE OF BEING - OF BEING REAL
To me heaven is not a notion but a reality. What heaven actually is I do not know, but it gives me great encouragement to believe that even though this body will die I will live forever. Then there’s the joyful thought of seeing again those loved ones who have passed on. But the most satisfying thing to me is that I have tasted life here and that in Christ there is no end of it.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV. The degrees of non-life and death are always associated with the robbery of truth.
My certainty about eternal life has nothing to do with what I have done and everything to do with what Jesus has done. He is my life and the life of all who trust Him – meaning that Jesus Christ is the vicarious humanity of all human beings. Not only does Jesus impart His life and the life of the trinity to us in this earthly realm but the goodness of birthdays and the fun of Christmas will one day, be forever. Is this pie in the sky by and by. Yes and it is pie among us now. Both lemon meringue and apple pie.
Once you’ve had a taste of life you want more of it. It’s meant to be that way. Intoxicating. The trinity created us to share what they had - life and the love of it.
“The addict, or sinner, does not actually enjoy the world as much as he or she is enslaved to it, in Paul’s understanding. Jesus had come to offer us a true alternative social order here and not just a “way to heaven” later.” (1)
The world in Jesus and incarnated with His Spirit is a different world to the one we know. But there are flashes of it now, wherever people show kindness and wherever they love each other. If hell is the creation of man then so is heaven. But heaven will have its way and eventually last forever. Have you lost loved ones? You will see them again courtesy of Jesus Christ.
This is why the healing of eyes and limbs is part of the story but not the whole story. The whole story is Christ in us and the trinity manifest through us - so that the life of God, by which I mean the life of the trinity and the life of heaven becomes the norm in our social structures here and now.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (p. 198). SPCK. Kindle Edition.