For Heaven’s Sake

Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them (John 14). Have you wondered what kind of place He meant? What will it be like?

Let’s turn to some to some theological experts of the younger set:

“Mom, God’s so neat and heaven’s supposed to be great. Could me and Gloria go there Saturday for a sleepover?”

Heather heard her mom talk about what it would be like in heaven and that someday people would have glorified bodies. That got her to thinking: “Do you think we’ll look like Barbie?”

3 year-old Morgan was visiting at her grandmother’s home. She looked around the house for a while and then asked her grandma, “Where’s Grandpa?” Her grandmother answered, “Honey, he’s in heaven.” Surprised, Morgan said, “Still?”

5 year-old Brett liked to go fishing with his dad. One day after a trip to the lake, he was riding in the car and he made an interesting connection. From the backseat: “Hey, Dad, if Grandma’s going to heaven with us, God had better have a pretty big fishing rod to haul her in!”

Jenny was four when she asked her mom, “Does heaven have a floor?” Mom wasn’t quite sure where this was going. “Well, Jenny, what do you think heaven is like?” Jenny looked up at the blue sky dotted with clouds and replied, “Well, I can’t see any floor, so I guess people are just up there on coat hangers.”

The Bible gives us glimpses and Jesus spoke about heaven. It’s interesting to consider that while He is preparing a place for us, He is preparing us for a place. He is forming and shaping us. He became like we are so that we could become like He is.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (Isaiah 64:4; 1 Corinthians 29)

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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