By Paddy Elkins
Valley Bugler Columnist
The following words are excerpts from a January 7th sermon by Dr. John Leffler of Castle Rock Christian Church, used with his permission.
“Where is HOPE? Our hope is in God, alone. He, alone is faithful. He is the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the end; the origin and the consummation. He is the Real Deal, our Provision. He holds the future. He has promised us believers an eternal home in Heaven.
In Heaven, according to Revelation 20-22, certain things will be ABSENT: There will be no fear; danger; evil; demonic spirits; sorrow; tears; death; mourning; pain; suffering; sickness; funerals; injuries; wars; cancer; fighting; graves; cemeteries; heartbreak.
No Temple or churches (God will be present with us); no sun or moon (the Lamb will be our lamp); no night; sleep, darkness or shadow (all will be illuminated by God’s light); no separation from loved ones; no brokenness and no sin!
And in Heaven, certain things will be PRESENT: We mortals will put on immortality; we’ll have protection; security; New Jerusalem; 12 pearls for gates; completion; perfection; wholeness; participation with God in His work (an exciting city); togetherness; action; worship; reign forever; divine activity; not boring; provision; crystal river; golden streets; Tree of Life with leaves that heal the nations; 12 fruits/12 months; River of Life; variety; food, water & good health; unceasing, abundant supply for all eternity! Perception (see God face-to-face).
A house, by itself, is just a building. But it becomes a HOME because of the people. Same with Heaven. The people there make it HOME. It will be greater than our wildest imagination!”
Heaven will be filled with light; love; joy; peace; patience; kindness; goodness; gentleness; humility; angels; saints and with God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit! Because of God’s presence there, we can know His contentment, peace and comfort.”Our greatest joys, desires and thrills are still ahead!” (“Eye has not seen nor ear heard nor has it entered into the hearts of man what God has prepared fro those who love Him…”)
Oh, yes, dear ones, we can have HOPE! HOPE enough to sustain ourselves, and HOPE to share with others!