– "See Mother, I make all things new"
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At one time earth was Heaven's back yard. In Genesis 1-3, there was nothing about a physical realm that God found unappealing or incompatible with Himself. Eden, an earth untouched by sin, can be viewed as Heaven's template, a blueprint for the New Earth. God created the earth, physical universe as an act of his self-expression. He created Man's body from the earth and Jesus knew that one day he would have such a body and live on earth. Why ? Why would he come to dwell with the fallen men on a sin filled earth when he was in Heaven? He did it so he could purchase us back from a life of death and give us eternal life with him in Heaven and New earth. God Determined that he would rather suffer torment on our behalf than live in Heaven without us. He loves us so much that he does not want us to go to hell that he paid a horrible price on the cross so we wouldn't have too.
I have stated in previous entries that I was doing a devotional on Heaven along with reading out of books on Heaven. What used to scare me- thinking about dying and not being in control, is now so interesting to me that I just can't get enough! In the beginning, I read out of one devotional that there are three Heavens and I didn't quite understand so I started reading out of another book alongside my devotional. I understand the concept three Heavens, Skies and clouds (first Heaven) , the stars and moon (second heaven) and then way above it all (third Heaven, where God dwells). What I didn't understand was who goes to what level? Is it open for us to choose if our name is written on the Lambs book of Life? Then I kept on reading and investigating in the Bible and my other book. I have found that both books state that there are three Heavens so I am comfortable with that. The difference of the three Heavens is this: one book believes what I had wrote in the past; the other states that there is a past Heaven, present Heaven and a Future Heaven.
The past Heaven is pretty simple and easy to understand. It is the time prior to Christ's incarnation, death and resurrection.
The present Heaven is where Believers go when they die. It is considered a waiting place until the return of Christ and our bodily resurrection. In Eccl 12:7 it states: 'and the dust returns to the gound it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.' In Daniel 12:2-3 states: Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake; some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the Heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
And the Future Heaven which is the eternal Heaven, or New earth. In Revelations 21:1-3 states:'Then I saw a new Heaven and a new earth, for the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea.2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God."
Wow! Just that verse gets me excited to go to Heaven.
Sunday after church, my family and a few friends gathered at my Mom's house to Celebrate Easter and hunt Easter eggs. It was a great time of laughter and fun! As the day started to die down, I walk inside to take one of the twins to potty and my attention was caught by the discussion at the table on Heaven and different religions and practices. It was a great discussion. One thing that was said that stuck in my head that I wanted to share was this: We (different denominations) have our own set of beliefs and until we get to our final destinations, we REALLY have no idea what it will really be like. The fact of the matter is whether there are three stages of Heavens or past, present and future Heaven, we won't know until we get there. Not everyone can be right and not everyone is wrong in their interpretations of the Bible. We all share in the belief there is a God, he is wonderful and perfect and we are all Christians with the same purpose to share God's words. I hope in some way I am sharing God's word with someone out there that needs to hear it in the best way I know how to share it. However, I wouldn't know it because the only people who leave comments are my family. Please, share your experience or your uplifting thought to encourage other believers or even to encourage me.
Christ paid the price for our sins. But still we must choose. Like any gift, forgiveness can be offered, but it isn't ours until we choose to receive it. He offers each of us the gift of forgiveness and eternal life but just because the offer is made doesn't make it ours. We have to choose to accept his forgiveness and ask him into our hearts.
Have a Great night !
God Bless !
Hunter and I watched the "Passion of the Christ" on Saturday afternoon after my boys' soccer team awesome Championship win for the spring season. I was a little 'ify' on letting my twelve year old watch the movie due to the graphic content of the beating scene. Tears and all, we watched it together. One of the phrases Jesus said to his mother as he was beaten and forced to carry his own cross was "See Mother, I make all things new." Being a mother of five myself, this phrase hit in the center of my heart. I could not begin to imagine what was going through Mary's heart as she watched what was happening to her son. I know that Jesus made known what his fate was but knowing and witnessing the this horific attack are two different things. Our relationship with God was ruined with the sin in the Garden of Eden; however God had a plan already. His plan was Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was sold for 30 Silver coins by one of his twelve disciples, Judas Iscariot to the chief priests. (Matthew 26:14-16). Jesus was bought for 30 Silver coins and we were bought by Jesus with his torture and horrible death. Why? What makes us so special that Jesus would lay down his life in the way he did, to save us?