Below is what some good Christian friends wrote in their Christmas letter. My intention was to put it on this blog at that time, but you know how life can get in the way sometimes. But now that I wrote the previous post, it seems quite fitting to do it now. I first asked permission to use it and that permission statement is first. There may be some things in this writing that you do not believe in, but that is okay. We don't need to argue those points here, just take note of the basic thoughts they have put down.
You certainly have our permission. It was a joint effort and has jelled in our brains as the result of reading a little devotional by Randy Alcorn called WE SHALL SEE GOD. It is based on writings from Charles Spurgeon.
First – for a believer in Christ a funeral is not death, but a birth celebration and a transition from earth to living forever with the triune God in the third heaven until He creates heaven on earth. Except for the final trial (unless He takes us up in the Rapture) and related pain, the transition is not all bad. We believe it is better than the pain we are experiencing in America now. (Revelation 2:11)
Second- In heaven the barriers between those who are forgiven and therefore redeemed will be gone forever and relationships will be healed. The groaning of creation and old age will be replaced by seeing heavenly things very clearly for the first time. It will be the fullness of eternal life and seeing the only true God face to face and enjoying Him forever. (I John 3:2; Zephaniah 3:17)
Third – The joyful anticipation of being with God will not only be utterly fantastic but it won’t end and it will not be boring. It will be without the temptations of the flesh, the world and its values, and the evil one. Best of all there will be no sin present. It will be seeing the face of Jesus for the first time and being with loved ones forever. The key is to “Have the confidence to enter the Most High Place through the blood of Jesus.” (Hebrews 10:19) It will be wonderful beyond all earthly comprehension.