Fairy Tale Ending
Everyone wants to live in a fairy tale though they might not admit it.
The bible says, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."
Girls, that means that the emotions you experienced when watching The Notebook or any other romantic drama will be felt in heaven to the infinite degree.
Guys, that means that the passion and adrenaline rush you experienced when watching Braveheart or Gladiator will be felt in heaven to the infinite degree.
We watch these movies over and over again - longing for the day that these emotions will never run dry, will never leave us.
Some people might argue that this is just wishful thinking. But, we do know that we can't imagine or create anything outside of God. He is infinitely greater than us. Anything that we can dream up is only a fraction of what God could dream up.
With this in mind, I think it is very real to say that heaven will be a fairy tale beyond anything we could ever imagine. It will be more real to us than our own lives now.
It is coming, but it isn't fully here... yet.
When that day does come, all of humanity along with the cosmos will be fully redeemed and restored. No more tears. No more pain. No more sin.
Things will be as they should be.
God will be with us, his bride, forever. We will walk up to the alter, untarnished, wearing white, ready for the greatest wedding ceremony the world has ever seen.
I'll end with a beautiful analogy from the bible that was highlighted in Rob Bell's book Sex God .
The Jews had specific engagement and marriage customs like we do today. One of those customs was to host an engagement party when a young couple was about to be engaged. The families would come together to celebrate. The young couple would be arranged by their parents, but the girl still had a choice.
During the party, the young man would offer a cup of wine to the girl in front of everyone. This was a vulnerable act because he could either be accepted or rejected.
If the girl drank the wine in front of everyone, she was in a sense saying yes . It would be the equivalent of accepting an engagement ring. If she said no, the turntables would screech to a halt and the young man would be humiliated.
If the answer was a yes and she did drink the wine, then the young man would go back to his father's house and add onto it. The Jewish families would live like they did in the Full-House TV show, only to a greater degree.
The marriage would then take place when the father told his son that the new addition was complete. When the Father gave the thumbs up, the young man could go to the girl's house and get her for the big wedding.
Jesus says something about this in the bible that we've read a hundred times, but often miss.
He says, "In my Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also."
At face value, this paragraph seems to simply tell us where we are going to live in the life after this. But, the disciples would have recognized what Jesus said as being in the context of marriage, in the context of relationship.
They would have recognized that the reason Jesus had to leave them was to go and prepare a place for them to live in relationship with him for all of eternity.
And, just like the Jewish tradition, Jesus will return when the Father says that it is time to come back and get the bride. Jesus affirmed this by saying, " No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
Jesus is coming back for you, for us. So what do we do until then? Should we just wait around?
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