Bible Sermons From Revelation 21
Bible Sermons From Revelation 21 provide a deductive sermon from Revelation 21:1 - 22:5. This sermon explains the wonders of eternal heaven.
Bible Sermons From Revelation 21
Bible Sermons From Revelation 21 present a deductive sermon from Revelation 21:1 - 22:5 in which John explains the wonders of eternal heaven.
INTRODUCTION: You could sense the sorrow and the sadness. Their faces expressed the tragedy, the horror of a beautiful, young lady cut down in the prime of her life by cancer. The tears and the sobbing were a reminder of the solemnity of death and the shortness of life. She was dead at 47.
As we gathered around her gravesite, we were reminded of these things and the fact that death was not the end of our existence. For the Bible says, “it is appointed unto men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb 9:27). In other words, this verse tells us that death is not the end of our existence. In fact, the Bible goes on to say that after this judgment we will all go to a place, some will go into everlasting punishment and others will go into eternal life (Matt 25:46).
Every time I go to a funeral, every time I officiate at a funeral, I am reminded that life is short, that death is not the end and that we all go somewhere when we die. Even godless people have a sneaking suspicion that we all go somewhere when we die.
Olivia Newton-John, a famous singer/songwriter, has a sneaking suspicion that we all go somewhere when we die. When her mother died, she sat alone with her mother’s body waiting for a signal from her mother to say that she was ok, that she was in nice place.
As someone said, “Most people have some inkling of heaven and the afterlife, but that does not mean they have a biblical understanding of heaven?”
Only God knows the glorious truth about heaven. And the only place to find that truth is in the Bible.
In fact, the Bible is full of details about heaven and the afterlife. As someone said, “It is as if God has unwrapped some of the mystery about heaven and opened it so that we can see [it] and desire [it].”
So, today I want to look at The Wonders of Eternal Heaven. As we look at this subject, I want us to ask ourselves some questions: Am I bound for heaven when my life on this earth is ended? (1 John 5:13) Do I live in light of my eternal home or am I living for here and now? (Matt. 6:19-21) Let’s ask ourselves these questions as we look at the wonders of heaven.
1. Heaven is a real place
Heaven is a real place, it is not just a state of mind and it is not a higher consciousness.
Why is heaven a real place?
A. Jesus describes heaven as a real place in John 14:1-3
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And 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.”
It is unmistakable. Jesus describes heaven as a real place.
B. John depicts eternal heaven as a real place in Rev 21:1-21
Look at verses 1 & 2, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
In John 14, we only see a glimpse of heaven, but here in Revelation 21 & 22 we see the complete picture of eternal heaven. And the language definitely depicts heaven as a real place.
I want you to notice two qualities about this place—the eternal heaven.
i. Heaven is a new place
Eternal heaven will be a new place as verse three says, “Behold, I make all things new.”
ii. Heaven is a beautiful place (Revelation 9:21)
Look especially at verses 18 to 21, “And the construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”
Eternal heaven is a real place—a new place—a beautiful place.
2. Heaven is a populated place
A. God is there
Look at verse 3, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them.’”
We know that God is everywhere present in respect to His essence. We know that God see all things and knows all things. We cannot escape His presence even now. But in heaven we will have the presence of God in full glory. In fact, we read in verse 23 that God’s glory will illuminate the new heavens and earth.
B. Jesus is there
Look at verse 6, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.”
These words refer to Jesus Christ—God’s Son. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.” I want you to notices that we will see the glory of God’s presence in heaven. Maybe, it will be like the shekinah glory in the OT when God led his people out of Egypt in a pillar of cloud and fire. However, I think it is going to be greater than even that. But notice also, we shall see the Lord Jesus in person—face to face. Look at verse four in chapter 22, “They shall see His face.”
C. Believers are there
Not one of us here today will see heaven’s glory unless we are believers...unless we come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Look at verse 7, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things.” John is talking about the glory of heaven. Who are the overcomers? They are believers. Heaven is only for those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Look at verse 8, “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Look at verse 27, “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes and abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
3. Heaven is a personal place
In heaven, we will not just be one of the crowd.
Look at verse 7, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my Son.”
Heaven is personal. You shall see Jesus face to face.
Are you heaven bound? Do you know for sure (certainty) that when your life on this earth is over that you are going to be with God for eternity? You can. Trust Christ today.
Are you living in light of eternal home?
A little girl was taking an evening walk with her father. Wonderingly, she looked up at the stars and exclaimed; “Oh, Daddy, if the wrong side of heaven is so beautiful, what must the right side be!”
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Bible Sermons From Revelation 21