Guest Blogger: Gena Lakeman – Hearing the Truth from a Two Year Old
Each week we have the pleasure of having King of Kings member Gena Lakeman write a blog to go with our weekend worship message. Interested in being a guest blogger as well? Contact Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My two year old has quite an imagination lately. I have been listening to daily stories, some true but mostly imaginary, reflections and remembrances of his day. I hear anything from Jack and Jill are behind us in that raft to Grandpa swept up that mouse with his feet. I want to carry around a camera constantly to capture some of the awesome stories he comes up with. Sometimes I just sit and listen, in awe of what this little brain can come up with.
The other day we were watering flowers together and he was jabbering like he normally does, so I wasn’t listening very closely. Then he stopped me and said, “Mom, I’m just talking about when I went to heaven, listen to me.” Of course, that caught my attention! He went on to tell me that he “went to heaven the last day and saw Jesus and God.” I asked him about it some more and he went on and on describing what he “saw” in heaven and who he saw there. He even talked about people needing to die to go there.
What intrigues me so much about that conversation is the amazing faith of this child, and how certain and unwavering it is. He told this story as if it most definitely occurred. I cannot help but believe everything he said is true. He gave a pretty convincing argument!
If I can put so much trust in the story of a two year old, who described this glorious place with the presence of God, why do I sometimes question the absolute truths that God himself has spoken to me through his son in his true word, the Bible? It is made very clear in the Bible that heaven is indeed for real.
In John 14:3, Jesus tells us that he will go to prepare a place for believers and will come back and take believers with him to be with him so we can all be where he is in Heaven. God talks about us enduring along with the new heavens and the new earth (Isaiah 66:22-23).
John describes heaven for us in Revelation 21. It will be so beautiful that human words cannot even recount it. He describes the glorious beauty of heaven like gold as pure as transparent glass, the walls like precious jewels, God’s glory alone giving light, and absent of any impurities. Our bodies will be made imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:52) and we will be made to be like living stones, worshipping God in His glory forever (1 Peter 2:5). And, in his tender love, God will wipe away all of our tears, removing all of our sorrow and pain of this earth (Revelation 21:4).
But, just as God speaks the truth about heaven, he also speaks the truth about hell. Hell is the final destination for Satan and also for those who do not believe that Jesus is their savior. Scripture describes it as an eternal fire, a place of weeping, torment and gnashing of teeth, the lake of fire, second death, and most frightening, a place of absolute and permanent separation from the Lord and his glorious power (2 Thessalonians 1:9, Matthew 13:41-42).
God does give us victory over Satan and hell through his one and only son, Jesus Christ. He gives us power to conquer hell and promises that his believers will become priests of God and of Christ and reign with Christ (Matthew 16:18, Revelation 20:6). Most importantly, God made it crystal clear in John 3:16 that he loves this world so much, and all of us in it, that he sent his one and only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross so that if we only would believe in him we would not perish in hell, but will share eternal life in heaven with Jesus. Forever.
My son is a great storyteller, even at only two years old. His description of heaven was pretty amazing to listen to. But, what is even more amazing is to read and hear all of the truths God has poured out to us in His word about heaven and our place as believers in it. Our place is secure. It is permanent. It is definite. If only we believe.
Check out this week’s weekly bible experience here.