Seeing Your Loved Ones In Heaven

They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think?”  John 11:50

Jesus is Resurrection. He resurrects the little girl as James John, Peter, and her parents are present.  He resurrects the widow’s only son as the funeral procession is upon HIm.  He resurrects Lazarus, who comes out of the tomb after being dead for four days.  On the third day Jesus is resurrected and appears to believers for fourty days after His resurrection.  He has been, is presently, and will be resurrecting believers as we see that our lives here are lived for His glory and our deaths glorify His Presence within us and within this world.

Jesus Christ is Resurrection and abundant Life.  A question that I am sometimes asked is, “Can a sin which I have committed keep me from receiving the resurrection?”  The short answer is, yes a sin can prevent you from going to heaven; you will not see your loved ones in heaven; you won’t get to heaven.  The long answer is, the sin that has come into your mind, the sin that you are referring to in response to the question, is the sin that you must repent of– taking it to Jesus with truly heartfelt apology, asking for Jesus’ forgiviness, and never committing that sin again.

To repent of sin is also to receive Jesus forgiveness. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9  Then, sin no more.

Pure

Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God!  You are the King of Israel!”  Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree?  You will see greater things than these.”  John 1:49-50

Nathanael was a man with high thoughts– he turned his mind and heart toward God as his point of reference as he sought truth and right living.  He was humbled that Jesus would speak of his heart’s desire to live justly as Jesus says, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”  

This young man who sat in the shade of God’s Presence receives encouragement from God’s beloved Son.  “I’ll show you greater things,” Jesus says, and He does.

Like Nathanael, you are going to see greater things as you study the Life of Jesus Christ and put His ways into action.   Keep the written word handy, referencing the words of Jesus to move you into higher ways without deceit. His higher ways are the Grand Plan of God.

Reference Isaiah 53 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
God’s Grand Plan, Jesus Son of God

53 Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by others;
a man of suffering[a] and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces[b]
he was despised, and we held him of no account.
4 Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people.
9 They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
11 Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Say Yes

40 days before Easter, not including Sunday’s, we take time to start our spiritual preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.  It’s a day to be reminded how ordinarily human each of us are and to affirm  our great need for our Savior.  Find an Ash Wednesday service and participate.  The ashes are composed of last year’s Palm Sunday palms, readied for the mark of the Cross on your forehead.

God is Able

whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise’ John 5:19

The power of God is alive within you through Jesus Christ.  To enliven Jesus’ Power, rest your heart and mind on Jesus. Love Jesus.  Take long pauses to love Him and adore your Savior and this will form a habit.  Through this habit Jesus is Able to align your will with His good and loving intent for your life.

Trust Jesus.  Love Jesus.

Remember to Hope

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  Ephesians 4:4-6

Allow Jesus to help you to be lifted up with hope in Him.  Hope looks forward, with a longer view, and has an anticipation of better days.  With hope in each of our hearts we can help this world become a better place– sharing hope with others spreads Christ’s benefits.

Hope is expectant living in Love; invigorating and energy producing.  What is Love?  Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

Open Your Prayers With This

Open your prayers with, “Gracious Heavenly Father,” for it is through His gracious loving actions your Heavenly Father gave you salvation through Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and she gave birth to God’s Son and laid him in a manger.  As He grew in God’s favor and love, Jesus and His mother Mary were participants in a wedding in Cana where Mary said it was time for Him to begin His public life– healing, loving, teaching, leading, going to the Cross for our salvation, and being Resurrected from the dead.