What’s Heaven Like?

What’s Heaven Like?

Sunday, July 30, 2023
| Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Scripture doesn’t provide a precise map of heaven, but Jesus’ parables poetically suggest what the experience is like.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field …”
—Matthew 13:44a

“Mom, Dad — I’ve got a question for you. What’s heaven like?”

“What’s heaven like? Well, son, let me think how to put it. Heaven is like … uh … let me find the right words … heaven is like … I’ve got an idea: why don’t you go ask the pastor?”

So, what is heaven like? People in white choir robes lolling around on cottony clouds, plucking on harps? (Revelation 14:2-3). That’s the iconic image of the newspaper cartoons — based, in part, on glimpses snatched from the dreamlike visions of the book of Revelation, all thrown together randomly. Or maybe it’s a gleaming, celestial city, where streets are paved with gold. That comes from Revelation, too: 21:21. The prophet Isaiah seems to think heaven’s a great banqueting table, groaning with food and wine: a sumptuous feast spread...

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