When you think of heaven does your mind primarily meditate on family and friends that have gone before you? It is normal to think of loved ones who have died in the Lord and to look forward to their fellowship again. But how often do your meditations on heaven turn to Christ himself? How often do you long to be before him, and with him, and see him face to face? Do you ever consider this:
Christ himself is your heaven.
In the place that the Bible calls heaven, you will see Jesus Christ face to face.
The Puritan, Thomas Goodwin said, “What will heaven be, but the seeing of the glory of Christ? If God had created worlds of glorious creatures, they could have never expressed his glory as the Son… Wherein lies that great communion of glory that shall be in heaven? It is in seeing the glory of Christ, who is the image of the invisible God that is worshiped…It is therefore the seeing of Christ that makes heaven; wherefore one said, ‘If I were cast into any hole, if it could have but a cranny to see Christ always, it would be heaven enough.”
God could have created worlds upon worlds and no matter how glorious those worlds would be, they would be dim in comparison with the glory of Jesus Christ in heaven. The glory of Christ will fill heaven. A crack in a heavenly wall looking into the face of your savior ought to be enough for you in heaven.
Consider how much people pay to attend concerts. It is not unheard of for people to pay between $100 and $200 to attend a concert of their favorite performers. And for those prices they often sit way up in the cheap seats, the nose bleeds, as we call them. Upon returning from their concert, they will open their phone and put it in your face and say, “I saw U2!” or “I saw Pink.” or “I saw Luke Bryant!” And what do you see on their phone? You see a big screen in the corner, an array of flashing light, and a little tiny dot on the stage. They saw whoever. A dot.
In heaven we will not see Christ from afar, but see him for he is and as he is. We will see him face to face. Eternally you will stand before the face of your savior and out of love for Christ, what else would matter? No more broken fellowship. No more divisions. No more separation. No more longing for Jesus. You will have him face to face in all his abundant glory. Jesus is enough. Jesus is your heaven.
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