An Update from Heaven
Wow, Emily! You are going to love it here.
It is just as God said. Praise Him for He is faithful and His word is ever sure.
Our language was impoverished when it comes to its ability to communicate what heaven is really like. Paul, John, and the writer of Hebrews called it “glory” (II Cor. 4:17, Rev. 21:11, and Heb. 2:10); but even “glory” barely conveys what is like here. Our human language cannot capture what the regenerate, imperishable eye sees here.
I understand better now the difficulty John must have experienced when he was recording the Revelation (Unveiling) of Jesus Christ and wrote: “Where do I start? How can I possibly describe Him and this I’m seeing?” It is as glorious as the dwelling place of the Most High God should be! But most of all, He is here—my Savior and my Lord, the One I longed to see.
Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us? Only the Creator of all things could produce so many precious stones and pearls and SO much gold. And the crystal sea—gorgeous! The light is as John said: “like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” But only the Light of the World could eliminate the need for any other light source and Himself illuminate every corner and crevice. And, just as He said, there are people here from every tribe, tongue, and nation, from every age. Praise to the Redeemer is almost deafening!
“Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing.
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
To Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever.”
Being here with Him is so far beyond what I imagined with my earthly mind. I’m sure you understand the unsurpassed joy I felt when Jesus welcomed me and called me, by my NEW name.
Written on my crown,
a new name known only to Him,
autographed by Christ.
If I had known it is so wonderful, I would have come here a long time ago! I am eagerly anticipating my reunion with you and our children. Be of good courage. Do not mourn like those who have no hope, for our Hope is Jesus and His resurrection. You may miss me, but please long to see Him more. Bring others with you when you come.