Heavenly light: Why so bright?

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Heaven is full of light. Jesus said, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness,” (John 12:26).  And to those who follow Him, Jesus said He “called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,” (1 Peter 2:9).  Being part of the Kingdom of God means leaving darkness for marvelous light.

But Satan came as an angel of light, so we need to know more about the source of the light in Heaven.

Heavenly Light

Visit to Heaven stories are nothing new. They often include descriptions of dark tunnels, contrasted with beings of light beckoning visitors onward. Our enemy regularly dangles “objects of light” in front of us to cause us to stray from God’s path. Have you even been tempted by beauty, material possessions, popularity, comfort, fun, or recognition? Me too. Satan comes as an angel of light. We need to know where the light comes from in Heaven and what purpose it serves, if we’re to discern whether it’s the true light of Jesus or a deceitful light.

God’s throne in Heaven

If we just look in the book of Revelation, we’ll find references to God’s throne 39 times. In his book The Glory of Heaven, John MacArthur says, “All activity in heaven focuses in this direction, and all the furnishings of heaven reflect the glory that emanates from here.”  MacArthur points out that the 2 most important structures in a capitol were the temple and palace, representing spiritual and government authority. God’s throne is both: “All heaven is His palace, and all heaven is His temple.”

The source of heavenly light

Does the shining, luminescent quality of heaven just come from the the crystal-like sea of glass before the throne, from the flashing lights, from the beams like rainbows, or from the beauty of precious stones? There’s no doubt there’s a lot of heavenly bling, but the source of heavenly light far surpasses all of the splendor. The Apostle John reveals the origin of heavenly light.

 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.” (Revelation 21:22-25)

Scripture does not describe dark tunnels or creepy corridors. With the very presence of God as the source of light, Heaven is fully illuminated! When we move from spiritual darkness to marvelous light, there is no half-light place. We are either in dark or in light. The true light of Jesus, God’s own Son, will lead us to the Heavenly Father. If light is genuinely that of the Kingdom of God, all glory will point back to the Father.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Heavenly light glorifies God.

Heavenly light comes from God and and is all about God.

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By Julie Sanders

Heavenly bride: eternally happily ever after

Jeff and I were engaged for about 10 months before my dad walked me down the aisle and presented me to my husband. I wore a dress my father bought me (off a clearance rack!) during the months of preparation for our wedding day and celebration. To say my heart was full with anticipation was an understatement. Stories were told for many years of “how Julie basically jogged down the aisle” to Jeff! All my thoughts and hopes were placed on the coming day when I would be “the bride of Jeff Sanders.”

Being the Bride of Christ will be even better than being an earthly bride.

Our marriages now would be better if we would look to the heavenly day of presentation to our bridegroom, Jesus. Women today can learn from the Bride of God’s Son, the Church.

Heavenly Bride

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come,and his Bride has made herself ready;it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. (Rev. 19:6-8)

One day God will clothe us in pure white, the holy acts of God’s people, and He will present the heavenly bride to the one we are promised to. To Jesus, our bridegroom (Ephesians 5:22-23). Even now, we are to save ourselves for him so we’ll be ready for our final union. Together, the corporate Body of Christ forms the church of all true believers. That multitude forms “the Bride of Christ” in the greatest wedding, at the most exotic destination, of all time.  The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are not even in the same category!

The joining of the Bride with her Jesus will be celebrated in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and they’ll live ETERNALLY, happily ever after.

Wouldn’t it be tragic to sleep through your own wedding? Jesus told a story of how ten young virgins were supposed to wait for a coming bridegroom. 5 were foolish and unprepared, not focusing on the certainty of his coming (Read the amazing parable in Matthew 25:1-12).  They missed it.

Earthly brides can learn from the model of the heavenly bride of Christ. As earthly brides, we can ask ourselves many of the same questions we should ask as members of the Body of Christ.

The heavenly bride teaches earthly brides

  • A worthy bride presents her BEST self to her bridegroom (The church to Jesus? You to your man?)
  • A bride prepares herself to be clean and READY for her love (The church for Jesus? You for your man?)
  • A bride lives NOW for the eternally ever after (The church for Jesus? You with your man?)
  1. When our bridegroom Jesus looks at his Bride the Church, does he see a woman who is in love with him, with her thoughts full of anticipation to be with him?
  2. When your earthly husband looks at you as his bride, does he see a woman choosing to love him, presenting her best to him daily, ready to serve him and wanting to honor him?

On every day until our heavenly wedding day, we need the Father’s help to grow in loving our earthly husbands out of  honor for our heavenly husband. Being part of the heavenly bride changes how we live as an earthly bride. Let’s be ready for the day when we hear, “Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” (Matthew 26:6)

As much as I love being an earthly bride, the bride of Jeff Sanders, being the Bride of Christ will be even better and we are guaranteed to live eternally, happily ever after.

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By Julie Sanders

New Heaven: a divine makeover

There will come a day when God remodels Heaven. God created Heaven, but He also has a plan for a divine makeover in the future. “Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,and the heavens are the work of your hands.  They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,” (Psalm 102:25-26).

Only four authors in scripture had privileged visions of heaven, and only 3 of them wrote about what they experienced. They only shared what brought glory and attention to God, without focusing on themselves. Just like God gave Paul a rare glimpse of Heaven for a divine purpose, He gave the Apostle John a revelation of Heaven. As he saw Heaven’s story unfold, it reached a time where he said, “Then I 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,” (Revelation 21:1).  The earth we know now and the Heaven of now had perished; they had been made new.

“For behold,” God says, “I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be rememberedor come into mind. But be glad and rejoice foreverin that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,and her people to be a gladness. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weepingand the cry of distress.” (Isaiah 65:17-19)

God didn’t see fit to give us the details of Heaven’s makeover. To even call it a “makeover” is to use an incredibly simple term to describe what is indescribable. We aren’t meant to know it all. Experiencing the new Heaven will be an awe inspiring discovery!

What we know about the New Heaven

  1. The earth we know now will pass away.
  2. Heaven as it is now will pass away.
  3. Heaven and earth will be made new.
  4. The things that passed away won’t be remembered.
  5. The new earth and Heaven will be forever.
  6. The new earth and Heaven won’t have any pain or sorrow.
  7. The new earth and Heaven will be a place of joy.

How does it make you feel to know that this earth we now call “home” will completely pass away some day?

New Heaven

By Julie Sanders