by Robert Booth
I once visited a gentleman who had been attending the Gospel Center for over thirty years. As we talked, our conversation turned towards the many physical problems that he had encountered over the years. Near the end of our conversation, he said these words: “I am so glad that there won’t be any hospitals in heaven."
No hospitals in heaven. I never really thought about that before. But then again, I never remember spending a night in the hospital, let alone days or even weeks at a time. The absence of hospitals in heaven is but one reason that my friend longs for the day when his Heavenly Father will call him home.
Why are you awaiting heaven? The writer John penned these words in the book of Revelation:
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:2-5).
There will be many things that are absent in heaven. There will be no funeral processions in heaven. Sickness won’t be able to creep in. Death will not be permitted. There will be no hospitals in heaven. The former things will be passed away.
Sin will not have any part of heaven. In Romans, we read that the “wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” As I look around the community in which I live, our nation, and even our world, I see sin everywhere. But in the midst of this despair, I am reminded that the gift of God is eternal life. Let’s get out there and do our best to share this gift of eternal life with these hurting individuals.
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