Sermon: April 18, 2021

Heaven

Part 2:
“Longing for Home”

by Michael Lewis

April 18, 2021

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”  -Colossians 3:1-3

“For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.”  -Romans 8:22-23

What we should long for:

1. We long for a release from fallenness.

The story of Lazarus — John 11:1-45

The closer I get to Jesus the more I realize how far I have traveled from what God intended me to be.

2. We long for coming together.

“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”  -Genesis 2:18

We are made for relationships.

In the last five chapters of Revelation the word “city” appears 25 times.

“For here we do not have an enduring city”, but we are looking for the city that is to come.”  -Hebrews 13:14

3. We long for an intimacy with God.

“But your iniquities have separated you from God; your sins have hidden His face from you.”  -Isaiah 59:2

We are yet to experience true intimacy with God.

The new and amazing closeness with God.

Revelation 21:1-5; Revelation 22:3-4a

Hurting people tend to hurt other people.

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  -Jeremiah 33:3

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