“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
(Please read Luke 16:22 and Matthew 25:21, 23)
The Bible doesn’t reveal a whole lot of detail about heaven, and much of what we hear people say about it is based on myth, conjecture or misapplication of scripture. Perhaps even the most learned among us will find many surprises in the unimaginable grandeur of heaven.
But two of the parables of Jesus seem to be useful in depicting the homecoming of the Lord’s people when they die. Let’s consider them for a few moments this morning.
First, our text verse tells of Lazarus, the beggar, being carried by angels “to Abraham’s bosom” (NKJV). Can we conclude that angels escort all of God’s faithful people across the river of death? That seems like a reasonable assumption.
Then there is the parable of the talents, where the master rewards his faithful servants with the cry, “Well done, good and faithful servant. . . . Enter into the joy of your lord.” Our deaths will not go unnoticed in heaven; even the Lord himself will greet us! Yes, on that day we can stand “before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24). And the very nature of heaven as the home of the redeemed indicates that there will be greetings from those who have gone on before us.
What a homecoming! Let’s live so as to be, in the words of an old song, “watching and waiting and ready to go!”