For a little while now I’ve been struggling a bit with the idea of heaven. Specifically, what is the point of Jesus coming again if we all go to heaven and live with God when we die? I mean isn’t heaven…well…heaven? I’ve kind of put that thought at the back of my mind and figured I’d get around to it eventually. I was reading Paul’s second letter to Timothy this morning and verse 9 said “this grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” And I got to wondering about Jesus, what really did he teach?
So I decided to go back to Matthew, chapter 4, and then I started wondering what the “gospel” or “good news” Jesus came down to earth to share with us really was? I wanted to really understand it. So far I’ve gotten the idea that he preached the gospel/good news that the kingdom of heaven, or the kingdom of God was at hand. He called his listeners to repent and believe. At this point he wasn’t saying anything about grace. So then what does it mean when he says the kingdom of God is at hand. Looking at the world we live in, it doesn’t really feel as if God’s kingdom has been established on earth to me.
I believe that Jesus lived and died and rose again. I believe that he said he is the way, the truth and the life. I read one site that said you can only get to the kingdom of heaven through grace. But I feel as if I need to really understand this to take the next step in my spiritual growth. Maybe when I really understand this I’ll also have an answer to my question about heaven, and Jesus coming again. I’ll keep you updated as I go.