Meditations on the Gospel Bracelet – Yellow 2

The beauty of this bracelet is that the whole plan of salvation begins in Heaven and ends in Heaven. In Heaven is where God planned our salvation before the foundation of the world, and Heaven is our final destination, at least for those who were bought by the blood of the Lamb.

After learning about God’s plan, love, and mercy, our next step is to take a look in our sinful nature – our sins, realizing that we cannot ever achieve the perfection that God demands. It is at this time that Christ, with His perfect life and sacrifice is manifested. By the works of the Holy Spirit we are able to believe in Jesus and what He did for us. When we do that we receive forgiveness and a new nature, we are born again, saved, and adopted in the family of God, beginning a new journey.

This new journey will end in Heaven, where everything started. The circle will then be closed. In Heaven we will experience not only life without end, but also abundant life, life in its fullness. This truth was supposed to bring us hope. The hope that our life will not end here, this is what the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2Corinthians 5:1.” Paul calls our body the earthly tent. The meaning is not only a provisory or temporal, but also inadequate. Our body, affected by sin is decaying and full of limitations. In Heaven we will have, not a tent, but a building from God.

The truth about Heaven is also supposed to motivate us to persevere. Because we are still in this side of Heaven, we will face not only natural limitations, but also every kind of opposition and in every area. Because we believe that Heaven is waiting for us we will push forward, hang in there, no matter how bad things are here. This is what the author of Hebrews’ letter had to say about people that suffered, faced hardship and were martyred because of God: “People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11: 14-16.

Finally, this truth should make us look up and seek the life and guidance that is available for us there. This is what the apostle wrote to the Colossians: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Col. 3:3.” The idea is to understand that our lives now are in Heaven. That is the new reality. Our thoughts and hope are there. Our lives belong to that beautiful place. We do not belong here in this earth anymore. As the writer to the Hebrews’ letter wrote: “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. Hebrews 11:13.” Now we are just passing by, going to our permanent and eternal home.

Jesus Himself is preparing this home. This is what He said to His disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:1-3.”

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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