Billy Graham’s Heaven . . .

Watching the film, “Heaven,” produced by the Billy Graham organization reminds me of the words of the Apostle John: “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain . . . no temple . . . does not need the sun or the moon . . . there will be no night there . . . nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful” (Rev. 21:4, 22, 23, 25, 27 NIV). “Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst” (Rev. 7:10 NIV). John ran out of words to adequately describe heaven. So he, like we often do, was forced to describe what heaven is like by speaking of what won’t be there. I am struck by the number of truths about heaven stated in the negative. Heaven is the place of no more.

 

Consider this:

There will be no more colds, no more cancer. No blindness. No eyeglasses. No braces. No wheelchairs. No false teeth. No bald heads. No hearing aids. No crutches.

 

There will be no more hospitals, no assisted-living facilities, no long-term care homes. No paramedics. No CPR. Doctors have to find a new job, they aren’t needed anymore. Aspirin gone, accidents over, heart attacks banished, AIDS a distant memory. In heaven no one grows old and feeble.

 

There will be no more second-class citizens. No prisoners, no slaves, no homeless people. Rejection will be no more. No failures. No handicapped people. No marginalized people. No homes for abused women and children.

 

There will be no more denominations. No theological differences, no church creeds, no sectarian worship. There will be no churches. Pastors, preachers, Bible teachers, evangelists, faith healers will have to find new occupations.

 

There will be no more second-hand knowledge. No need for books, or authors, or poets, or philosophers.

 

There will be no more fear. No locks on doors. No bars on windows. No alarm systems.

 

There will be no more night. No darkness, no gloom, or terror, or dread.

 

There will be no more suffering. No disease. No heartache. No damaged bodies. No tiredness. No hurt. No pain. No mourning. No crying. No funerals. Funeral Directors will have to find other work. No death. No cemeteries.

 

There will be no sin. No defilement. No violence. No crime. No greedy politicians. No drug pushers. No child molesters. No gossips. No slanders. No bitterness. No need for forgiveness.

 

There will be no more regret. No remorse.

 

There will be no more goodbyes. No more saying goodbye to a loved one as their body is lowered into the grave. No more seeing our children grow up and leave us for some distant place. No more saying farewell to dear friends. No more broken friendships and broken marriages. No more misunderstandings that grow into bitter disputes.

 

Heaven is so indescribable that they only way to fully understand it is to go there. It’s like trying to describe the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone to someone who has never been there. Words fail you; pictures don’t do it justice. Eventually, you have to say: “Well, you’ve just got to go there.”

 

Once in heaven, earth will have lost its attraction. The thought will hit us: Why did we spend so much time trying to make our stay on earth more comfortable and more extensive when we have the eternal rapture and indescribable delight of heaven awaiting us?

 

If you have not seen the film, “Heaven,” it will be shown Sunday at Greer First, 202 West Poinsett Street, Greer, SC, at 8:45 AM, 11:00 AM, and 6:16 PM.

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About Rick Ezell

I am a husband, father, pastor, and writer. This blog is about shaping character, transforming church, and impacting culture. I believe that if one defines their moments then their moments will determine their character and their character will influence their world. I write on personal development, church leadership, and our changing culture. I also write about the resources I am developing and the books I am writing. My goal is to create challenging, relevant, and inspiring content that will help you be a better person, the church be a better parish, and the world a better place. If you are interested in those things, this blog is for you. I have served the church my entire career as a student minister and senior pastor. I studied at Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (eventually I will get it). I have written eight books. My most recent ones are Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love and Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23. Both are available as eBooks. I have written over 1000 articles for various local, regional, and national publications. I have been married to Cindy for thirty-three years. We have one wonderful daughter. We live in Greenville, SC. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, running, tennis, and golf. You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
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