The timing couldn't be better. Here on this beautiful Easter morning, we're right in the middle of John's vision of heaven. There is a lot going on here. Our focus today will be, of course, on the glory of heaven.
Let's start with a promise from Jesus. We read, in Luke 23:32-43:
Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. "And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
There is the power of God. In the great expanse of space and time, however the process work…we'll never know, because, as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13, we see as in a mirror dimly...we know from this passage in Luke it will be a very fast trip, passing from this life to the next. If you are in Christ, if you have been called by Jesus Christ to follow him and if you have answered that call, then heaven is your upward calling, and the moment after your earthly life passes, you will be with him in paradise. What a glorious promise that is. When we are chosen by Christ, we are chosen to spend eternity with him.