We are told so little about Heaven. We know that it will be wonderful, but we know so little. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (First Corinthians 2:9)
Some believe that we will not know those in Heaven. I believe we will at least know family members and loved ones. Again, the Apostle Paul wrote, “now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (First Corinthians 13:12) If we will not know our loved one, what joy would there be? In His resurrected body, the Lord Jesus walked, talked, cooked and ate. He was real. Thomas touched his wounds. His followers recognized Him.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the author of The Power of Positive Thinking, told a story about a convention at which he spoke. The song leader announced a hymn, the favorite hymn of Brother Peale’s father, and then requested that all the preachers in the audience come down front to help him lead the singing.
Brother Peale, sitting on the platform, looked out and saw his deceased father coming down the aisle, head back, and singing his favorite hymn. His father did not appear as the elderly, frail man who had died a few years before, but he appeared as a vigorous, mature man. Brother Peale blinked his eyes, and then his father was gone!
What an interesting hint about the appearance of the Lord’s Saints! There is another hint in a book written by another Brother-in-Christ and minister, Todd Burpo. The book is Heaven Is For Real. It is the story of how the Burpos almost lost their three year-old son to a burst appendix. Several months after the operation, Colton, the three year-old, told of seeing Jesus, a sister that died before Colton was born, and his grandfather whom he had never seen.
When Colton Burpo was shown a photo of his elderly grandfather, he did not recognize him. Later, Colton saw a photo of his grandfather when he was a young man, and he instantly recognized him. In his childish way of description, Colton said that no one in Heaven was old and no one wore glasses.
What wonderful hope for all Christians! No glasses, hearing aids, arthritis or other physical ailments. Of course, this is not Scripture. But I have to give credence to two Brothers-in-Christ. This is yet another reason to look forward to the Call of the Lord Jesus.
And it is another reason to pray for and witness to the lost. As little Colton said, “Heaven is for real!” Praise the Lord for the great hope we have because of Jesus. Praise His name!