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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Heaven is for Real

I recently read in one sitting the New York Times Best Seller Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.  The book jolted me into asking a simple question.  What if it is really true that we will meet Jesus face to face upon our deaths?  I have heard this all my life.  Jesus said And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:3 NIV).  Somehow I always took this in a misty spiritual sense.  It never really occurred to me that it was palpably true that I would meet Jesus in person, and that I and my loved ones—including my family—would also be visible in person.  I always believed “in effect” this was true but had some doubt if it would be true in plain fact.  But this book has confronted me with a real possibility—though thousands are dying every minute, somehow Jesus will greet each believer in heaven individually upon death.  If this is the case, then I cannot guarantee that I will approach my savior—with scars on his hands and feet—without abundant tears.   

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