Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 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 21:1-4
“To think that the spectre you see is an illusion does not rob him of his terrors: it simply adds the further terror of madness itself — and then on top of that the horrible surmise that those whom the rest have called mad have, all along, been the only people who see the world as it really is.”
- C. S. Lewis, Perelandra
Max Lucado is not the only source for ‘thoughts.’ I thought (there’s a thought not from Max Lucado.) that I would use a change of pace this weekend.
I have not read Lewis’ space trilogy, but I have thought about getting the three books for my reading pleasure. The point is that I have no idea the context of the statement above. In many of Lewis’ books, he makes the context quite clear about the difference in our present reality and what is to come.
He starts off The Great Divorce by saying that this is just his ideas, and he has no direct evidence to point to what the next life will be. In his Letters to an American Lady, he warns that come cock crow, we will go to a better world. I think it is from those letters that he describes this world as drab and the next being Technicolor (at the time, the difference in color movies and COLOR Movies).
We could write volumes on what we think Heaven is like, but the quote above is possibly the best way to look at it. For those who have learned to seek the kingdom of God and want nothing better than to be like Jesus, this world, when looking back, will appear to be nothing but a dream. For now, this world is reality.
But I was once confronted by a friend who got frustrated with my constant answer of having faith. He told me to get a good grip on reality.
I replied, “I have learned that reality isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.”
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.