Yesterday I began a sermon series on heaven. A few years ago the following article was making its rounds through church newsletters. I thought you might be blessed by reading it again or perhaps for the first time. It is entitled “Life tours, Inc.”
Accommodations: Arrangements for first class accommodations have been made in advance. “In my Father’s house are many mansions … I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2).
Passports: Persons seeking entry will not be permitted past the gates without have proper credentials and having their names registered with the ruling Authority. “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.” (Revelation 21:27).
Departure Times: The exact date of departure has not been announced. Travelers are advised to be prepared to leave at short notice. “He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” (Acts 1:7)
Tickets: Your ticket is a written pledge that guarantees your journey. It should be claimed and its promises kept firmly in hand. ““Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24).
Customs: Only one declaration is required while going through customs. “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4).
Immigration: All passengers are classified as immigrants, since they are taking up residence in a new country. The quota is unlimited. “Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:16).
Luggage: No luggage whatsoever can be taken. “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (1 Timothy 6:7).
Air Passage: Travelers going directly by air are advised to watch daily for indications of imminent departure. “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
(1 Thessalonians 4:17).
Vaccination and inoculation: Injections are not needed, as diseases are unknown at the destination. “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).
Currency: Supplies of currency may be forwarded ahead to wait the passenger’s arrival. Deposits should be as large as possible. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20.
Clothing: A complete and appropriate new wardrobe is provided for each traveler. “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,” (Isaiah 61:10)
Reservations: Booking is now open. Apply at once. “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2
Coronation Ceremony: The highlight of the journey is the welcoming reception and coronation which awaits each new arrival. “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8).
This sounds like a trip I want to definitely take. I hope to see you this coming Sunday as we continue our study of heaven.
C U N Church,