Most people want to go to heaven. They hope that someday, somehow, they will walk through those “pearly gates.” But the word hope as used in the Bible is so much more than a strong desire. It means “certain expectation.” It leaves no doubt.
This was the hope that filled the heart of Rowland Hill, the London preacher who exerted a powerful influence in the late 1700s, both by ministry in the open air and at Surrey Chapel. The last time Hill ever preached in that church, he remained at the close of the service until everyone had left except the caretaker. As Hill walked up and down the aisle, the caretaker heard him repeat with deep conviction the words of a hymn: “This I shall find, for such is His mind – He won’t be in glory and leave me behind.” How could Rowland Hill possess such a hope? Because he had experienced what another verse of that song declares: “He bore on the tree the burden for me; and now both sinner and Surety are free.”
Yes, we who trust in Christ have the assurance of going to heaven. We can say, He died in my place – taking the wrath of a holy and just God – and now God sees me completely identified with His Son. We can rely on Jesus’ words to His disciples, “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.” That is certainty enough for any Christian. Our hope of heaven is a sure hope. – Paul R. Van Gorder
I belong to the King, and His promise is sure,
That we shall be gathered at last
In His kingdom above, by life’s waters so pure,
When this life with its trials is past. – Smith
To be saved here is to be safe hereafter.
- March 6, 1988, Our Daily Bread