Heaven is a simple place.
When I was younger I used to dream about heaven. I had this lesson teacher in Primary 3 called Mr Kevin. I remember his name because he always corrected me when I called him Mr Kelvin, and he'd say No, my name is not Kelvin. Kelvin is for measuring temperature, my name is Kevin. He also was very religious and a great artist. He was really, really kind to me. I wonder where he is now, maybe my mother would know, I should ask her. Mr Kevin enjoyed drawing tremendously and he’d draw me pictures of different things I can’t quite remember now. The pictures were mostly his imagination of heaven, or Jesus, or of Mary the mother of Jesus, and other heavenly beings. I think I’ve mentioned this here on the blog before.
Because Mr Kevin gave my mind a place to imagine when I thought about heaven, I began to dream about heaven very often. These dreams continued even till I was past 10 and in boarding school.
Anyway, today is All Saints’ Day and a Holy Day of obligation is you’re a catholic, which means that you should, if possible, attend Holy Mass. The reading this evening was taken from the book of Revelation about the Glorious Jerusalem, which is heaven. And that's why I thought about Mr Kevin.
I actually have been thinking about heaven for a few days now. Don’t worry I’m not about to die, I still have a long, long, happy, and fulfilling life ahead of me. But I recently came across this sermon by my grandfather where he was talking about the City with no Sun.
Guess what city doesn’t need the sun? Its heaven!
Here’s what Revelation 21:22-27 says about heaven:
"I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life."
If we strip away the grand splendor of heaven, its essence is the eternal presence of God. God loves His people and will give them the best in the city of heaven. His presence will be the sun and there will be no night there.
A friend of mine once explained hell to me as a place devoid of the presence of God. That is simply profound. When we walk in sin, we’re subjecting ourselves to a temporary hell because we push away God’s presence, as He cannot dwell in sin.
When people say that God is mean for sending unbelievers to hell, I simply laugh because if you reject God in this world, why should He bring you into a city that runs entirely on His glory? Think about it. You don’t want God and He sends you to a place where you don’t ever have to contend with Him or His people. Forever. Isn’t that the zenith of having your own way?
In this world, you’re either for God or you’re not. Heaven is simply God’s presence manifested in its fullness, and hell is its antithesis.
It’s as simple as that.
Where will you be? Experiencing God’s presence in heaven, or living without it in hell?
The choice is yours.