What is Heaven Like?
When we think of Heaven, we usually think of white marble gates, glistening waters, and flowering fields where children and loved ones skip around and idle along in ever-sunny days. We dream of singing angels and harps, puffy white clouds, and light emanating from Jesus as we sit down and talk to Him. However, are these images truthful or just constructs we’ve borrowed time and time again in writing and the media? What is Heaven really like?
Intelligent Life in Heaven
It is very interesting to think that Heaven is a physical place that already exists in the universe. There are many things in the universe, planets and solar systems we’ve never seen and will never reach, and stars of different worlds. It is a legitimate surmise, then, to think that there is intelligent life out there we don’t know about and that that intelligent life is a physical boundary that separates our realm of existence with Heaven. The Bible, for example, mentions other hosts who rejoiced when the earth was created. “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” (Job 3:7)
Thought to ponder: we may even be staring at Heaven somewhere in our night sky every night.
In Heaven, our bodies will be free from pain, disease, and death (1 Corinthians 15:40-49). This is seen in the example of Jesus, who after being resurrected, came back in the flesh: “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” (Luke 24:39)
The Mansions on the Hill
Heaven is described as having tangible real estate. In fact, John 14 says that Jesus is building mansions in heaven for those who accept salvation through Him. There will be real, tangible vineyards in this land where hearty grapes grow (Matthew 26:29).
Heaven is for Real
Colton Burpo is a kid from Nebraska who experienced Heaven after having a near death experience in surgery. When the young boy described what his parents and others were doing at the time of his surgery and where they were, that’s when they believed his explanations of Heaven.
Some of his experiences of Heaven are as follows:
Everyone is young in heaven: his grandpa, whom he met while there was in his twenties.
God’s throne is next to His Son’s throne in Heaven, and Mary kneels at Christ's throne and, at other times, stands by Him, as “she still loves Him like a mom.”
It never gets dark in heaven because God and Jesus light it up.
Jesus is described as having brown hair, hair on his face, and beautiful, beautiful eyes.
Anyone can go to heaven and experience Jesus’ love when they first receive Jesus’ death for their sins. (Romans 10:9-10).
Secondly, when they repent and confess their sins; (1 John 1:9) “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And finally, when they let Christ live in them. (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV) "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Rejoice! You are now a child of God.