Monday, November 20, 2006

Heaven Anticipated

Recently, I have been thinking about Heaven. I anticipate the next several posts will be comparing life here and life there.

I will start with Jesus.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

We are to look at Jesus who in turn was looking beyond the cross to the right hand of the Father. He anticipated joy.

Psalm 16:10 is quoted in Peter’s message at Pentecost in Acts 2:25-28.

“Because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.You have made [a] known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:10, 11

“David said about him: "I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” Acts 2:25-28

This is clearly speaking of Jesus.

However, Peter left out the last line in Psalm 16:11. “With eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

We see that joy was set before Jesus. We also see that He will be filled with joy in the presence of the Father. In addition to joy there will be eternal pleasures.

We are to look to Jesus with the same anticipation.

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